A local politician representing the Social Democrats in Sävsjö has given up their candidacy after writing a Facebook post in Arabic that spread false information about opposing political parties.
The post was written by an unnamed politician who was on the Social Democrats' election list for the communal election in Sävsjö. Written in Arabic and shared thousands of times, the post made a number of false claims about the Moderates and the Sweden Democrats.
Aimed at new arrivals and longtime local citizens of Arabic origin, the post said that the two parties want to create "conflict and panic between Muslims and Swedes". It went on to claim that the parties would shut down mosques and all Islamic schools, forbid anyone under the age of 18 from wearing Islamic face-covering garments, ban halal meat and return a large number of refugees to their home countries.