Björn Söderberg

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Björn Söderberg, born April 1, 1958, was a Swedish union active syndicalist who was murdered in Sätra, Stockholm on October 12, 1999.[1]

Björn Söderberg had made a tip to the newspaper Arbetaren owned by Sveriges Arbetares Centralorganisation (SAC) about his colleague Robert Vesterlund. This tip led to an article in Arbetaren on September 16, 1999 revealing Vesterlund, member of the board of the local union, as a Nazi. As a result of this Robert Vesterlund resigned his job and was forced out of the union.[2]

This was the motive for the two men Hampus Hellekant and Björn Lindberg-Hernlund (both with strong ties to the Nazi organization Nationell Ungdom) who visited Björn Söderberg at his apartment in Sätra on October 12 and shot him to death.[2]

Hampus Hellekant and Björn Lindberg-Hernlund were convicted of murder in the Court of Appeal and Jimmy Niklasson, also a member of Nationell Ungdom,[2] was convicted of “grovt vapenbrott och skyddande av brottsling”.[3]

On October 23, 20.000 people gathered on Medborgarplatsen to take part in an anti-fascist meeting[4] and October 12 was appointed Day of Civil Courage by SAC. On that day a prize in civil courage is given in memory of Söderberg’s murder.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aschberg, Richard (March 1, 2000). "Han ringde offret strax före mordet". aftonbladet.se. Aftonbladet. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Aschberg, Richard & Wallin, Ulf (February 11, 2000). "Omfattande bevis mot nazisterna". aftonbladet.se. Aftonbladet. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hovrättens dom i mordet på Björn Söderberg". research.nu. Researchgruppen. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Medborgarplatsen i Stockholm". sac.se. SAC. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Civilkuragepriset till minne av Björn Söderberg". sac.se. SAC. Retrieved January 26, 2011.