Anti-migrant feeling fuels Swedish far right as election looms

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Popular concern looks set to propel Sweden Democrats to a possible 20% of the vote

Last month, yards from the Social Democrat booth on Rinkeby town square where Kersten Aggefors is handing out leaflets for the party that has finished first in every Swedish election since 1917, masked youths set five cars ablaze.

A few days earlier, eight as-yet-unidentified men had attacked the town’s half-built new police station, crashing through the gate and hurling rocks and firecrackers at security guards, apparently in retaliation for a drug bust. In January, two gunmen walked into a crowded pizzeria here and shot a man dead, in what police said was a gang execution.

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