Swedish police swarmed on this gentlemanly beard club who were taking a group photo, because the cops received a call from a worried onlooker who believed the group was a a terrorist meet-up. It was not ISIS, ISIL, Al Qaeda, or anything like that. Just a meeting of a beard enthusiast club. Wonder if the ending would have been as mellow if they hadn't all been white guys.
Here is a Google Machine Translation of the original Swedish newspaper account:
Police in Jönköping, Sweden, received an alarm of suspected IS warriors just north of the city on Saturday. When they got there they had a good laugh. It turned out to be a men's beard club that had gathered there to be photographed.
— We lined up for a photoshoot, 30 men from the club with our flag and suddenly we see two police officers, says Andreas Fransson, who is a member of Bearded Villains.
A member of the public who passed by on the freeway had seen the gang and alerted the police that the Islamic state (IS), were at the site.
— The police officers laughed when they arrived and saw that it was not some terrorists, just a bunch of happy bearded guys taking photographs, continues Andreas Fransson.
Members of the International beard club meet approximately once a month to socialize. The club has a black flag that is passed between all the clubs in the world and this weekend it was the Swedish club's turn to take care of it.
— We went to Brahehus with a professional photographer to be photographed with the flag because it was the first time we had it. It is obviously disappointing that someone mistook us for terrorists but also a bit funny, says Andreas.
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Posted by Bearded Villains on Sunday, August 23, 2015