The amazing thing about the following story is that the Swedish police were actually engaging in “racial profiling”. Can you credit it? Sweden, the most enlightened nation on the face of the earth, behaving just like those awful racist Americans!
Well, fortunately for everyone, it didn’t last long. The Young Ones Against Racism mounted a protest in Malmö against borders, profiling, xenophobia, and racism, but before they could even get started, the police had abandoned the practice.
Here’s an article on the same topic from The Local:
Stockholm Police End ‘Racial Profiling’ Push
Swedish police announced on Friday that officers would no longer be asking public transport users for identification, after their past efforts to deport undocumented migrants were branded as racial profiling.
Centre Party MP Johan Hedin said last month that the push was “not only a crime against good taste, but also against the law and should stop immediately”.
Even though the police push was later found to be legal, officers decided to put a stop to the project on Friday.
They said that what was essentially a small part of the police’s work was being subjected to too much public scrutiny to be considered worthwhile.
The project entitled Reva, which stands for Rättssäkert och effektivt verkställighetsarbete (‘Legal and effective execution of policy’), saw officers allegedly targeting “foreign-looking” commuters on Stockholm’s underground railway lines.
Reva was blasted by politicians and immigrants’ rights activists alike who claimed officers were racially profiling.
Furthermore, nine out of ten people that police questioned turned out to have the right to live in Sweden.
Reacting to the presence of police in the Stockholm metro system, activists took to social media sites Twitter and Facebook to warn other commuters and map out where the officers were performing checks.
|00:00||Almost 1,000 people gathered in the city centre of Malmö to protest|
|00:04||against the deportations and the ID checks that the police have carried out.|
|00:08||We don’t want to live in a society where racial profiling|
|00:16||is accepted and where people are stopped because of their skin color or place of origin and are forced to show their ID.|
|00:22||Close to a thousand individuals had also gathered in Stockholm.|
|00:27||The organizers behind the event were the youth wings of Save the Children, the Red Cross and Ungdom mot Rasisme (youth against racism).|
|00:34||Demonstrations were also organized in other parts of the country by different organizations.|
|00:39||The police ID checks targeting people living illegally in Sweden was what prompted the demonstrations.|
|00:43||(Representative from the youth wing of the Save the Children)|
|00:46||The reason why there has been such a strong reaction to these ID checks is that ordinary people have started to notice them|
|00:50||when they use public transportation, etc. But for the paperless (euphemism for illegal immigrants) this is something they have to live with every day and wherever they go.|
|00:56||The fact that the police have decided to stop the ID checks at the subway in Stockholm doesn’t make the question less relevant for the organizers of the demonstrations.|
|01:00||(Representative from the youth wing of the Red Cross)|
|01:03||By organizing this demonstration against REVA we also want to make it clear that we want a more humane immigration policy.|
|01:10||Why do you think this is so important?|
|01:13||I think it’s important that people should be able to reside here in Sweden|
|01:17||and be allowed to stay here if they are incapable of taking care of themselves in their own nations|
|01:23||I also want Sweden to be a peaceful country.|
Hat tip for the article: Fjordman.