Swedish soldier risks punishment for refusing to join gay parade

Swedish soldier risks punishment for refusing to join gay parade
SWEDEN -- A soldier in the Home Guard had the task of participating as a driver in the Pride Parade in Stockholm last summer - but he refused.

Now he is reported to the Armed Forces Staff Disciplinary Committee.

The soldier's task would have been to be the driver of the truck that was part of the Armed Forces' participation in the Pride Parade in late July. But when the soldier would be sent on a training course to become qualified to drive a truck with people at the back, he stated that he refused to participate.

According to the report from the officer, the soldier said he did not think that the armed forces should participate "in such gimmicks" and that he did not want to participate.

The officer had then declared that there is no freedom of choice whether he should do it or not (after all it is the God damn army).

The soldier answered that he did not want to participate from a democratic point of view, and finished by saying: "Suck on that."

According to the officer's description, this is not the first time the soldier deliberately has refused to obey orders from his superiors. But this incident was the last straw for the head of the Home Guard, who in his proposal to the Armed Forces Staff Disciplinary Committee proposes that the soldier gets a payroll deductions or alternatively a warning.

SVT Stockholm has talked to the soldier, who says that the whole thing is not that he has anything against the Pride celebrations, but the fact that it is a political act.

- I do not want to comment on the event any more, but I'll wait for the decision, he said to SVT Stockholm.

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