A Swedish woman emerged as a symbol of heroism across the globe after her image showing her lone protest against 300 Neo-Nazi activists went viral.
Tess Asplund protested against a rally organised by the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) on Sunday in Borlange. Her image has gone viral and garnered several positive reactions from people around the world, her courage widely praised on social media. Even Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling also reacted to the viral image and called the woman’s personality as “magnificent.”
BBC reported that Asplund was shocked by the unexpected response and reaction from the public. She stood against the movement alone and protested against the Neo-Nazis for fuelling anti-immigrant sentiments in Scandinavia. “It was an impulse,” Asplund told The Guardian. “I was so angry, I just went out into the street. I had this adrenaline. No Nazi is going to march here, it’s not okay.” Almost hundreds of people protested in the rally with the group while many joined the counter-demonstration and wore clown costumes.
Photographer David Lagerlof photographed the scene that spread all over the world via the internet as soon as it got shared online. In addition to social media, newspapers also featured the image. Asplund hoped that the image might raise concerns of the public for the fight against racism. She said it would be “great” if it did some good to the communities being exploited.
According to People, the activist was seen holding her ground with her fist held high, which she said was a pose she borrowed from Nelson Mandela. The image is being compared to the image of “The Old Lady With the Bag” photographed in 1985 by Hans Runesson. The iconic image featured a Swedish woman who wants to hit the Neo-Nazis with her purse.
The refugee crisis has given a boost to the Neo-Nazi movement in Sweden and other European countries.