ER Editor: This was also covered by Sputnik. See —
Thousands of Swedes Protest NATO Accession
Sweden submitted a bid for NATO membership alongside Finland in May 2022. On March 31, Finland’s application was ratified by all 30 members of the alliance, while Sweden’s bid is still pending approval by Hungary and Turkiye.
Thousands of people gathered in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Saturday to protest against the country’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as against the Aurora-2023 military drills hosted by the Nordic state.
A few tweets:
Hundreds protest in Sweden against NATO membership. In the city of Gothenburg in Sweden, hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against the country’s accession to NATO. This is reported by the local newspaper Göteborgs-Posten pic.twitter.com/eeDECc8Yk1
— Spriter (@Spriter99880) April 22, 2023
🇸🇪 Thousands of residents of Gothenburg on Sweden’s west coast took part in a demonstration Saturday against the country’s membership in NATO. “No to NATO” and “Stop the Aurora 23” (a military exercise now underway involving NATO units). pic.twitter.com/aqa9hBDX3q
— 🅰pocalypsis 🅰pocalypseos 🇷🇺 🇨🇳 🅉 (@apocalypseos) April 22, 2023
Thousands of Swedes Protest NATO Accession.
They gathered in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Saturday to protest against the country’s accession NATO, as well as against the Aurora-2023 military drills hosted by the Nordic state.
As per police, between 2,000 and 2,500 people attended… pic.twitter.com/Ve3ToUrK8l
— Make Peace Now; alternative news (@AlternatNews) April 23, 2023
🇸🇪 International military exercises “Aurora-23” begin in Sweden with the participation of NATO member countries
▪️The military exercises “Aurora-23” will represent “the largest military maneuver on the territory of Sweden in the last 25 years”
— Spriter (@Spriter99880) April 17, 2023
However, Turkey, the country largely responsible along with Hungary for refusing to admit Sweden into NATO recently, may now change its mind, after having bought some F-16s from the US. This hasn’t happened yet …:
U.S. To Sell F-16s To Turkey Despite Erdogan Blocking Sweden’s NATO Bidhttps://t.co/YeZU9I4KcO
— T (@Rifleman4WVU) April 19, 2023
🚨#Breaking, The U.S. has decided to allow Turkey to buy F-16 equipment for $259 million after years of boycott following Turkey’s decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system.
It could indicate that Turkey is about to let Sweden join NATO after all.🇸🇪🇺🇸🇹🇷#Ukraine #USA pic.twitter.com/Lu49RWnr7V
— WarFrontline (@WarFrontline) April 18, 2023
US urges Turkey, Hungary to ratify Sweden’s NATO bid pic.twitter.com/rmwixmNq0g
— MT WORLD (@MTWORLDNEWS) April 21, 2023
No to NATO: Protests against US-led military coalition held across Sweden
Thousands of people have held protests across Sweden to voice their anger at the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and and the country’s NATO membership bid.
While holding placards and banners that read, “No to NATO”, “NATO’s war will get our children killed for a dollar,” demonstrators around 17 cities called on officials to adhere to the country’s traditional foreign policy path, which involves staying away from military alliances and maintaining neutrality.
“NATO is nothing but the war machine of the United States,” Nellie Puig, a protester, told Xinhua in central Stockholm on Saturday.
“It is not a defensive alliance as they claim. It is an organization that runs the errands of the United States,” Puig added.
In Gothenburg, about 2,500 people came out to protest, which gathered in central Gothenburg on Saturday, and later marched towards Götaplatsen, affecting several public transport lines across the city.
Thousands of residents of the city of Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden took part in a demonstration on Saturday against the country’s NATO membership. pic.twitter.com/UY9RDQK5Ct
— Spriter (@Spriter99880) April 22, 2023
The demonstrators also protested against the ongoing Aurora 23 military exercise, an event where 26,000 participants, mainly from NATO member states, have come together to train with the Swedish armed forces.
The exercise is being called as one of the largest military exercises in Sweden in years that would last till 11 May 2023 and will reinforce the collected capability to counter an armed attack on Sweden.
Authorities have warned citizens to mind the inconvenience, as the exercise is set to cause disruptions to traffic and military staff will be more visible than usual throughout the country, and would even practice on privately owned land.
“Aurora 23 and similar previous exercises prove that Sweden has become increasingly integrated with NATO and Sweden also sells arms to NATO,” Puig said.
Another participant, Krister Holm told Xinhua that Sweden would be better off neutral. (ER: it’s supposed to be)
“It would be better for the development of Swedish society, democracy, and culture if we were neutral. NATO is a war alliance that might drag Sweden into a conflict we do not wish to be a part of,” Holm said.
“Being a NATO member will also cost Swedish taxpayers a lot, as the defense budget will double while funding of the educational system and health care is cut,” he added.
Both, Holm and Puig fear that if Sweden is accepted as a member of NATO, nuclear weapons might be stored in Sweden. (ER: As they are in other parts of Europe!)
“Sweden has traditionally worked for nuclear disarmament,” a protester said, adding that once Sweden becomes a NATO member, “politicians would have to reconsider their position.”
On March, 22, the Swedish parliament, Riksdagen, voted in favor of the country joining NATO.
The request to join NATO, which Sweden, along with neighboring Finland, submitted after the start of the Ukraine-Russia war, was approved by 28 of the 30 members of that alliance.
On March 31, all the members of the military bloc ratified Finland’s application, while Sweden has not yet received the approval of Hungary and Turkey, which pointed out that they will consider Stockholm’s request separately. (ER: We have no idea about the real reason Turkey and Hungary are holding out.)
The West hopes that Sweden will soon become a member of this organization, and the US has urged Hungary to clear Sweden’s approval before July.
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