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The Guardian/David Lagerlof

Recently, the Swedish government authorized the Nordic Resistant Movement to rally in the streets of Borlange, Sweden’s city center. The NRM is an organization known for its opposition to non-white immigration to Sweden and for its violent actions during an anti-racist rally that took place in Stockholm circa 2013 so needless to say, residents had very mixed reactions. The Swedish branch of this organization is considered a central actor in Sweden’s white power movement but 42 year old Activist Tess Asplund was having no parts of it.

“I don’t think I even thought about it really, I just jumped out,” she told local radio station P4 Dalama.

“I just thought: you shouldn’t be here. Then one of them stared at me and I stared back. He didn’t say anything and neither did I. Then the police came fairly quickly and took me away.”

Asplund said she often raised her fist at anti-fascist rallies in a gesture borrowed from Nelson Mandela.

David Lagerlof, a photographer for Expo, an anti-racism group, described what he saw.

“These are the [Nordic Resistance Movement’s] leadership figures slowly walking towards her, and it looks like hers and the leader’s eyes meet, that they are staring at each other,” he told the TT newswire.

“When they are quite close to each other the police come along and push her away.”

The photo is already being considered an iconic one. Some are saying it just might be the photo of the year.

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