The first time the Pride flag was hoisted at the town hall in Sölvesborg was 2013 but now it is over, BLT reports.

"Tradition is important"

Municipal Councilor Louise Erixon (SD) tells the newspaper that flagging on municipal buildings should be done in a traditional way and that does not include the Pride flag.

- For us, tradition is important, and I know that many of our older municipal residents share this view, she tells BLT.

Sölvesborg is led by the Samstyret, which consists of SD, KD, M and the SoL party. Their decision to stop the Pride flag receives criticism from the opposition.

- Honestly, I'm not surprised. For Louise Erixon has clearly shown her resistance in previous years when we raised the Pride flag, says Roine Olsson (S), who is a group leader, to the newspaper.

Want to stop

Even in Ronneby, the Swedish Democrats want to stop the Pride flag.

- It's a flag that should not hang in our flagpoles. The Pride flag is political from the start. Should we have other political flags in our flagpoles? I think we should be strict and traditional. In any case, we will fight for our guideline, says group leader Nicolas Westrup (SD) to BLT.

He makes his debut in connection with Ronneby developing a new flag policy.

- We want to be able to flag with other nations' flags if we have a visit or in connection with the Pride week. Therefore, we need to update to new guidelines, says Kenneth Michaelsson (C), from the Ronnebyalliansen, to the newspaper.