SVT video: De bär slöja som solidaritetshandling (They wear the veil as act of solidarity). Aired August 19, 2013.
Article at http://www.svt.se/kultur/sjal-som-solidaritetshandling
The best line in the article, in my opinion is from Humanist that ends, "trakasserier är aldrig en form av kritik.” (Harassment is never a form of criticism.)
Non-Muslim women in Sweden wearing hijabs this week to show moral support for Muslim women in Sweden in wake of shocking attack on pregnant Muslim woman in southern Stockholm suburb of Farsta; @hijabuppropet, @Nabila_AFR, #hijabuppropet, @lindblomkarin,
Swedish women don headscarves after assault on Muslim... http://t.co/hzBU8bl6oK
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) August 20, 2013
Presskonferensen ! #hijabuppropet pic.twitter.com/fNUq7oXJwC
— Hijabuppropet (@hijabuppropet) August 20, 2013
Aftonbladet's article, I morgon beslöjar vi oss av solidaritet (Tomorrow we veil ourselves of solidarity) has by far the most facts about what really happened last week, and its their coverage that's largely responsible for this campaign gaining traction and being taken seriously. Imagine that, South Florida, a newspaper actually doing somethng besides living off its history!:
A heavily pregnant mother of three was beaten in a parking lot in the Stockholm suburb of Farsta Friday when a strange man started to pull her veil and clothing as he shouted that "people like you should not be here." He pounded her head against a car so hard that she lost consciousness. Police were alerted three times before they finally showed up, and once in place, they argued that there were sufficient grounds to investigate the incident.http://www.aftonbladet.se/debatt/article17314519.ab
All tweets with hashtag #hijabuppropet
JUST NU Ställ vassa frågor till @Nabila_AFR och @foujan om #hijabuppropet http://t.co/ZKT5PM0rKn via @pontusahlkvist @ABDebatt
— Karin Lindblom (@lindblomkarin) August 19, 2013
Even after all the negative attention and even brutal criticism she has garnered the past few months, even Social Democrat pol Veronica Palm got into the swing of things and tweeted this:
Ingen ska diskrimineras, trakasseras eller misstänkliggöras beroende på hur man väljer att klä sig. #hijabuppropet pic.twitter.com/d6nIaTHvkj
— Veronica Palm (@veronicapalm) August 19, 2013
On the other hand, Palm has spouted so many empty-headed platitudes about important issues in the past, it's hard to know if she's serious or instead, playing the role of the sort of person who always exists in Western society who ends up making something that's serious actually look more like a fad, diminishing the efforts of others who are well-intentioned and find their message hijacked by someone who likes attention.
So, judging all this from many thousands of miles away, problematic in even the best of circumstances, like here where I've read and watched lots of news stories about this, as well as opinionated tweets, I can't quite figure out if in this instance, Palm is actually being sincere, or, is playing the media-savvy role she so often has in the very competitive Swedish media -sometimes willingly it has seemed to me- of the good-looking and pampered female Socialist politician living-off the fruits of the bourgeoisie that so many of her supporters openly malign and deride, esp. online, but who keep Palm and her friends and supporters living the good life without too much drama or pain in their lives, no thanks to them.
Imorgon beslöjar vi oss i solidaritet! http://t.co/JrQKzsAMcn #hijabuppropet @Foujan @FatimaDoubakil @bilaaan1 @Nachlalibre I love you!
— Nabila Abdul Fattah (@Nabila_AFR) August 18, 2013