A summary of the latest news from Modern Multicultural Sweden by our new Swedish correspondent Svenne Tvaerskaegg.
Immigrant gang attacks in Sweden escalate
by Svenne Tvaerskaegg
Criminal gangs controlling the immigrant ghettos surrounding Sweden’s towns and cities have declared war against the police. In response to increased police activity against organised crime centered in the ghettos, the gangs have attacked police stations with hand grenades and have sprayed policemen’s homes with machine gun fire late at night while policemen and their families were asleep inside. The police chief commanding the anti-gang division in Stockholm had his car blown up outside his house and the police chief and his family have had to be moved to a secure accommodation.
So far the attacks have resulted in damage to buildings and police cars parked outside police stations, but there have been no casualties, as the attacks are regarded as a warning to the police to back off and leave the ghettos alone. In response the Swedish Minister of Justice Morgan Johansson has said the police will step up their anti-gang activity in the ghettos.
This is a serious escalation. Already police patrols who enter the ghettos are routinely met by a hail of stones and bottles, but this may get deadly as the heavily armed gangs react to what they regard as police provocations. In the immigrant-dominated city of Malmö, all police stations have been put under round the clock guard by heavily armed police.
In other efforts to weaken the gangs, police have now enlisted the help of Swedish banks, and together with bank financial experts are combing through the accounts of suspected gangsters looking for evidence of criminal activity. The gangs have responded by making bank employees targets for intimidation. On Thursday evening a hand grenade exploded outside the home of a bank employee working with the police. Windows were blown out, and the front door and a car were damaged, but there were no casualties.
The message is clear: work with the police and you will become a target. This is likely to put a stop to civilian help for the police.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has promised to defeat the gangs, but the police are overstretched and it is hard to see how he can do this short of imposing martial law in the ghettos. Members of the main opposition party in Sweden, the Moderates, tabled a motion in parliament last October calling on the Prime Minister to use the military against the gangs and he has said he would not rule out this option. But there is a general election in Sweden in September and this would be a difficult decision to take in an election year, especially as members of his own party along with other members of parliament have warned Mr. Löfven against sending the army into Swedish cities. Unfortunately for the Prime minister not doing anything might be just as bad an option.
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