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Swedish neo-Nazi blames anti-racism protesters for riot

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, March 4 (UPI) -- A suspected neo-Nazi leader in Sweden testified Tuesday an altercation in Stockholm in December was provoked by anti-racism demonstrators who attacked him.

The unidentified 24-year-old man is on trial with six others, three of them minors, for their alleged roles in a violent clash in the Stockholm neighborhood of Karrtorp following a protest against Nazi graffiti.

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"My perception was that the demo (demonstration) in Karrtorp was against the Swedish Resistance Movement," he testified, a reference to a neo-Nazi group he and two others on trial are suspected of leading. "I didn't use violence against anyone. The only thing I did was to hold a camera."

Prosecutors charged four of the suspects with violent rioting and hate speech. Another three were charged with instigating violent rioting, the Swedish news website theLocal.se reported Tuesday.

The indictment states several of the men charged threw bottles, rocks and firecrackers at peaceful demonstrators.

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