High resolution version for printing purposes here: [link]
"It all began at the sushi restaurant Izakaya Koi in Malmö, Sweden. In the fall of 2006, the restaurant staff went on an "inspiration trip" to London. During this trip, one of the sushi chefs was abused and severely beaten by his boss, the owner of the restaurant. The restaurant owner had repeatedly abused the chef in the past, mocking his working class background and telling him to "get a real Rolex". After the London trip, the sushi chef got fired.
Swedish laws prohibit employers from firing employees without just cause, and with the beating and the abuse taken into account the whole thing of course became a matter for the union. It so happened that the sushi chef was a member of Malmö LS, a branch of the independent Syndicalist union SAC. This union isn't like the others - SAC take union matters seriously, on an individual level.
When negotiations between SAC and the employer failed, SAC organized a blockade of the restaurant. This is a perfectly legal cause of action, according to Swedish law. Nevertheless, police interferred and attacked the blockade with violent force, including pepper spray, and several SAC activists was arrested. 26 of the activists are now facing prosecution. These activists have become known as Malmö26."
To be published in the alternative Swedish paper Läsarnas Fria Tidning: [link]