The global machine spreading far-right nationalism

How disinformation turned Swedish district into global symbol of immigration gone wrong

RINKEBY (Sweden) • Mr Johnny Castillo, a Peruvian-born neighbourhood watchman in this district of Stockholm, still puzzles over the strange events that two years ago turned the central square of this predominantly immigrant community into a symbol of multiculturalism run amok.

First came a now-infamous comment by US President Donald Trump suggesting that Sweden's history of welcoming refugees was at the root of a violent attack in Rinkeby the previous evening, even though nothing had actually happened.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 18, 2019, with the headline 'The global machine spreading far-right nationalism'. Print Edition | Subscribe