feature: bold, stockholm-based activist tess asplund takes defiant stance against neo-nazis at borlänge protest

May 4, 2016

This past weekend, anti-racism activist Tess Asplund confronted hundreds of neo-Nazis participating in a white supremacist rally in Borlänge, Sweden. Asplund, who is from Stockholm, was among the smaller counter-protestors when she jumped out of place to physically obstruct the marchers. Armed with nothing but sheer courage, a kind, unapologetic heart, and a defiant, raised fist—a gesture the activist of 26 years learned from Nelson Mandela—Asplund took a stand for what is right. The powerful moment was captured by photographer David Lagerlof.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Picture credit: David Lagerlof

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