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Al-Ganas: ”My success was a threat”

Om Al-Ganas' carrer as a politican took off with a bang. But he had to resign form the party after it came to light that he had written hate comments on the net. Omar's opinion is that he had to leave the party because of his great success. ”My success was a threat”.
Hässleholm\nWhen he was young, Omar Al-Ganas wrote antisemitic comments on the net. When this became public, he was forced to resign from the Social Democrats. • Publicerad 26 februari 2019
Omar Al-Ganas, 19, from Ljungdala. He got most personal votes of all the Social Democrats in Hässleholm in the election in 2018. Later he was forcred to leave the party.
Omar Al-Ganas, 19, from Ljungdala. He got most personal votes of all the Social Democrats in Hässleholm in the election in 2018. Later he was forcred to leave the party.Foto: Victor Lindstammer

Now he wants to talk about the investigation he head to undergo from media, and the mistakes he made. The first talk was at Mötesplats Ljungdala (Meetingplace Ljungdala).

– I'm telling my side of the story. Young people must be careful about what they write in the social media. And they must be careful about what they say and do.

He has admitted that hes has expressed himself wronglys about Jews, but he was so young when he wrote the comments.

He is still only 19.

He thinks the Social Democrats let him down.

– They judged me harshly although I was so young.

Omar Al-Ganas believes that his success in the election among Social Democrats in Hässleholm was his downfall.

– Before the election I was their golden boy, and they hugged me all the time. After the election they didn't even speak to me.

He thought he would get a seat on the municipal executive board. He had, after all, got most personal votes. But he was given the post of third substitute.

– What kind of signal does that send out about democracy? I questioned that.

Omar Al-Ganas is convinced that his background ist partly to blame.

– My background as a Muslim irritated people. No matter what I do, I'll never be considered Swedish (he identifies himself as being Swedish with an Iraqi background).

Omar Al-Ganas is not going to take an active part in politics any more. And he thinks that the voters - around 500 - who voted for him will not vote for the Social Democrats next time.

”Young people must be careful about what they write in the social media”, says Omar Al-Ganas, who gives talks about his experiences.
”Young people must be careful about what they write in the social media”, says Omar Al-Ganas, who gives talks about his experiences.Foto: Victor Lindstammer
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