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Sweden’s People Show Support on the Internet

By: Devon Fasbinder

The people of Sweden are taking their social stances to the Internet regarding a controversy surrounding the wearing of a hijab.

According to The Local, a pregnant woman in Farsta, a suburb of Stockholm, was attacked for wearing a headscarf. She passed out after having her head slammed into a car.

According to Al Jazeera, the man shouted slurs leading police to believe the attacker’s motivation was the woman’s religion. Police have not arrested anyone yet.

This violence sparked a movement in Sweden for men and women to wear headscarves in support of the woman attacked.

Organizers are calling the movement a “hijab outcry” or hijabuppropet. Supporters are posting pictures of themselves donning a hijab and using the hashtag #hijabuppropet. As of Wednesday August 28, there were nearly 3000 posts on Instagram. They can be viewed here.

Here are a few examples…




About devonfasbinderj2150

First time blogging for my Multimedia Journalism course at the University of Missouri!

One comment on “Sweden’s People Show Support on the Internet

  1. destinyalbritton
    September 28, 2013

    This trend of social media activism in Sweden is such a creative way to get a point across!

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