12 Oct 2015

Police called to meeting of beard fans in Sweden after passer-by confuses them with Isis terrorists

Terror police in Sweden have been called to reports of a group of bearded men in dark clothes raising a black flag above a remote castle.
But instead of Isis militants, officers responding to the scene stumbled across a meeting of an international organisation of beard aficionados.
The Swedish chapter of the “Bearded Villains” met on Saturday for a photo shoot at the ruined castle of Braehus, with members excited to be pictured with the organisation’s black-and-white flag.
And while the group might have looked menacing from a distance, when they got closer police found around 30 young men hugging and laughing dressed in formal clothes, not militant garb.
Member Andreas Fransson pictured swinging the Bearded Villains flag (Marcus Eriksson)
Bearded Villains member Andreas Fransson pictured with the group's flag
A meeting of the Swedish chapter of the Bearded Villains, which was confused for an Isis terror cell
Andreas Fransson, a Bearded Villains member and founder of Ratemybeard.se, wrote on Facebook later that the run-in with officers was “not what we set out for”.
Speaking to The Independent, he explained that it was the Swedish group’s turn to look after the organisation’s crossed-swords flag, and a special effort had been made to organise a photoshoot with it.


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