Despite the fact that the former Anti-Fascist Action activist has deleted the original tweet and offered his apology, the public found his explanation offensive and insufficient.
Researcher Tobias Hübinette of the foundation Multicultural Center (MKC) has incited the ire of fellow Swedes for equating Daesh* returnees with war veterans.
In a now-deleted tweet, Hübinette called a jihadi deserter arrested in connection with the deadly shooting in Örebro’s “vulnerable area” of Vivalla a “Swedish war veteran.” According to Sweden’s national broadcaster SVT, the man previously fought in Syria for Daesh or a similar-minded terrorist organization before returning to Sweden.
“If correct, this is unfortunately not the first time that a returning Swedish war veteran who killed people in conflicts in other countries, continues with killing, even here,” Hübinette tweeted.
The post sparked outrage in social media, evoking criticism from Conservative legislator Hanif Bali, among others.
“So Daesh terrorists and barbarians are apparently Swedish war veterans according to Tobias Hübinette,” Bali wrote on Facebook, calling Hübinette a “race researcher” and an activist “pushing for racification of people.”
Following the criticism, Hübinette published a clarification, claiming he was “completely misunderstood” and subjected to a “mini-viral hatred storm.” Hübinette explained that he only meant “Daesh war…