Sweden: The Chaos Spreads
by Svenne Tvaerskaegg
After decades of quietly growing like undiagnosed and untreated cancer tumors, Sweden’s immigrant ghettos have reached the bursting point, and crime is beginning to spill out into the ethnic Swedish areas of the country. Life is becoming dangerous in those once peaceful and culturally homogeneous areas. Ever-increasing numbers of ordinary Swedes are experiencing a grim awakening to the frightening reality of what has happened to their country.
The Stockholm subway was once a safe and efficient means of getting around Sweden’s capital, but it has now become a dangerous place and a conduit for the spread of crime and antisocial behavior around the city. Criminal gangs are taking over the subway and using it to commute between the ghettos and the inner city, where they fuel the ever-rising tide of muggings, assaults and rapes. Many subway stations have become open drug markets where dealers peddle their wares untroubled by the undermanned and overstretched police. According to police, 62% of all crime in Stockholm is now committed within a 500 meter radius of a subway station. The situation is becoming desperate, and the Stockholm Transport Authority recently upgraded the security rating of four subway stations to red, meaning they are now considered no-go zones and unsafe for staff to work without a police escort. A report last year showed that up to 30% of the capital’s inhabitants now avoid using the subway through fear of the escalating criminality.
The degradation of daily life for ethnic Swedes is infecting all areas of the social space. A family outing to a public swimming pool, once a pleasant weekend activity, has now become a high-risk undertaking as gangs of immigrant men use public swimming pools as an opportunity to stare at exposed infidel flesh and sexually assault Swedish women and girls. According to a police report, 80% of all incidents of sexual assault in public swimming pools are committed by immigrant men, and often take the form of a gang’s surrounding a girl so that she cannot escape while being assaulted. The report says the escalating number of assaults “have created a sense of helplessness. The affected girls feel deeply humiliated and become frightened to go out.”
Public libraries are being taken over by immigrant youths from the ghettos who do not see libraries as places of tranquility and learning. They regard them as their club rooms, where they can hang out, fight, cause trouble and deal drugs. They often don’t bother using the toilets but do what they must do on the floor between the bookshelves. Their behavior is driving away ethnic Swedes, who can no longer browse the shelves and read in safety. The librarians’ union reports that the peace and quiet of libraries is increasingly being shattered by gang fights, sometimes involving bookcases being toppled and books used as missiles. Librarians are routinely threatened, and dare not intervene. According to the union chairman, “We can see that the problems that exist in the rest of society are moving into public libraries.” Alarms directly connected to police stations are now being installed in public libraries, but how effective they will be in calling for help from a thinly spread and beleaguered police force is uncertain.
Even hospitals in Sweden are becoming danger zones. Gang fights in and around the ghettos often end with multiple victims being taken to hospital with knife and gunshot wounds. The wounded are followed in convoys of cars by their gangs and clans, who carry on the fight in and around the hospital. Doctors and nurses are threatened with violence if they do not treat the ‘right’ victim first, and this has led to their covering the surname on their identification badges with tape so they cannot be traced and attacked at in their homes. Patrols by security guards are now standard in many hospitals, and personal alarms are being issued to hospital staff so they can quickly summon help when they are attacked. The chief of security at Scania University Hospital echoes the words of the librarians’ union spokesman when she says: “Medical services reflect society. It is dangerous when these kinds of violations against us become the norm.”
Ethnic Swedes, especially women, are becoming ever more concerned over their deteriorating safety and security. One third of Swedish women report they feel unsafe going out at night, and over one in ten women choose to stay indoors after nightfall for fear of being attacked and raped.
Police have described the situation as rapidly approaching “catastrophic”, and the inability of the police to hold back the waves of crime sweeping into ethnic Swedish areas has led to people’s taking matters into their own hands. Self-protection groups have started in many Swedish towns, while in others people are hiring private security firms to guard their neighborhoods.
Some are taking refuge in the gated communities that are beginning to appear in Sweden, where private security firms patrolling behind walls keep out the multicultural Sweden the Swedes have created for themselves.
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