Some would say there are two kinds of people in the world – those that avoid conflict and those that don’t hesitate to confront it. While there are actually some gray areas in between, it’s important to know where you stand on that spectrum. And the moments where this is revealed often come when we least expect them.
For Tess Asplund, that moment came when she was in Borlänge, Sweden when she saw a group of more than 300 neo-Nazis marching through the streets. Asplund soon found herself standing in the middle of the street in front of them with her fist raised.
“It was an impulse. I was so angry, I just went out into the street,” Asplund told the Guardian. “I was thinking: ‘hell no, they can’t march here!’ I had this adrenaline. No Nazi is going to march here, it’s not okay.”
A photo of the moment was taken by David Lagerlöf has gone viral and gotten Asplund support from people across the globe.
“These are the [Nordic Resistance Movement’s] leadership figures slowly walking towards her, and it looks like hers and the leader’s eyes meet, that they are staring at each other,”Lagerlöf told the TT newswire, according to the Local. “When they are quite close to each other the police come along and push her away.”
Asplund told the Local that she borrowed the gesture of a raised fist in the face of adversity from Nelson Mandela and has done so at anti-fascist rallies.
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