5 May 2016
The above picture is now being regarded as a defining moment in Swedish history. It captures the moment one brave black woman stepped in front of a 300-strong Nazi march and raised her fist in defiance.
Talking about her action, the woman who was identified as Tess Aplund said she was inspired to do what she did by the late Nelson Mandela.
The photograph was taken in Borlange, Dalarna, in central Sweden, where the militant Neo-Nazi organisation, Nordiska motståndsrörelsen (Nordic Resistance Movement) was holding a rally on International Workers’ Day. The Nordic Resistance Movement is a political party with right-wing and racist, anti-Semitic leanings. The party has praised people like Adolf Hitler and has used increasing levels of violence in its demonstration.
In the face of this, Tess Asplund (the shaven women in the picture) was captured as she raised a fist in defiance against the extremist group. The picture quickly went viral and shows courage in the midst of hatred and fear.