Swedish bearded men mistaken for terrorists

2015-10-12 21:29
Andreas Fransson with the flag of the Bearded Villains. (Facebook)

Andreas Fransson with the flag of the Bearded Villains. (Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Stockholm - A club of bearded men posing for a photograph in the Swedish countryside with their black flag was mistaken for IS militants, prompting a visit by the police, a club member said on Monday.

Andreas Fransson, 32, was with his bearded buddies on Saturday outside the ruins of Brahehus castle in southern Sweden when two police officers turned up.

"They told us that a motorist thought he had seen a gathering of ISIS terrorists," said Fransson, whose Bearded Villains organisation does charity work.

On grasping the situation, the two officers "had a good laugh" and got back in their patrol car "with smiles on their faces," said Fransson who works in public relations.

He acknowledged that the club's flag - two crossed sabres on a black background - could easily be confused with that of the Islamic State group.

"We belong to a club that is part of an association created in the United States, called the Bearded Villains and which fights against injustice, homophobia, racism and oppression," he said.

"The flag gets passed from club-to-club around the world and we take pictures with the flag to show our community," he said.

"It was a funny incident but it's a shame to be associated with ISIS given our charity work."

Last week, an engineering school in southern France called ISIS ran into trouble with Canadian customs agents worried over a possible link to the jihadist group, which also uses the same acronym.

Read more on:    isis  |  sweden

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.