Sweden Democrat MP steps down over racist chant

Emma Löfgren
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Sweden Democrat MP steps down over racist chant
David Lång has been a Sweden Democrat MP since the party entered parliament in 2010. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

A Sweden Democrat MP who got caught on tape belting out a racist chant at the party's election night vigil has vowed to quit parliament.


David Lång sang along to techno hit L'amour Toujours, which has been co-opted by far-right groups in Germany in recent years, who have replaced the original lyrics with the Nazi slogan "Ausländer raus, Deutschland den Deutchen" ("foreigners out, Germany for Germans"). 

He sang "Ausländer raus" before spotting a reporter from the Expressen newspaper, who was interviewing another member of the party.

"Oh shit, are you recording this?" he said and then tried to grab the recording equipment from the reporter, before being asked to leave.

His actions were widely criticised, including within the party, and Sweden Democrat group leader Linda Lindberg said on Monday that he had chosen to resign from his parliamentary position on her urging.

"He has been in parliament since we entered it in 2010 and has done a lot of good for the party. That does not detract from his reckless actions [on Sunday], which he understands," she said in a statement.


Lång himself said he regretted the incident.

"I picked up this song on social media. I now understand that the lyrics have been sung in contexts that I so far have had no deeper knowledge of. It wasn't premeditated on my part and I am sorry if anyone was offended," he said in a statement.


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Peter 2024/06/13 17:02
When an MP steps down is there a by-election to find a successor or is the next candidate on a the party's list"promoted"?
  • emma.lofgren 2024/06/14 06:57
    Hi, the party promotes a new candidate and there's no by-election. Swedish MPs don't represent constituencies in the same way as they do in the UK. Thanks for asking! Best wishes, Emma Löfgren, Editor, The Local Sweden
cherry 2024/06/11 11:27
No knowledge excuse is really silly

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