One of the figureheads of the more peaceful protests was 26-year-old Camilla Sandelius, who organized a large demonstration in support of women and formed a vigilante group, which now reportedly has some 700 members, Swedish news outlet Fria Tider reported. According to Sandelius, the odious gang rape against the wheelchair-bound woman was the straw that broke the camel's back for many Gotlanders.
"I believe that this was the last straw. We cannot take more of it. We have not asked for criminals who attack our women sexually. We have simply not voted for it," Sandelius told Swedish news outlet Fria Tider.
Subsequently, Swedish liberal left forces joined forces to counter "Nazism" on Gotland. On Sunday, about 300 feminists and refugees launched a counter-demonstration in Visby, Gotland under the slogan "Against racism and sexism." The demonstration, in which even so-called "refugee children" were present, was organized as a means to "take back the city from Nazis" with slogans like "Gotland for everyone's equal value" and "Gotland is a refuge from war and oppression."
Many outraged Gotlanders thought the feminist demonstration against racism was "untimely," as the memory of the brutal gang rape still lingers.
Meanwhile, Gotland's politicians have been working at full speed to make the previously almost ethnically homogenous island as multicultural as the rest of Sweden, where up to 1,858,000 or 19.6 percent of inhabitants of Sweden had foreign background as of 2011, according to Statistics Sweden.