Clan Wars in Gothenburg’s No-Go Zones

In my previous post I reported on the fight against organized crime among Arab clans in the Neukölln district of Berlin. The following German-language video report from Der Spiegel describes a similar situation in Arab no-go zones in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:00   Friday the 4th, Gothenburg Sweden
00:07   Clan crime is also rampant in Sweden. Actually, the country has always
00:12   been proud of its immigration policy, but in metropolises like Gothenburg,
00:16   large clan families dominate entire neighborhoods with dramatic consequences.
00:21   This July, in the district of Högsbo, the Swedish tranquility was
00:25   once again riddled with gunshots. Instead of Bullerby, bullets flew.
00:33   It is Friday afternoon, the 9th of July.
00:38   The victim is sitting in a chair at a hair salon, getting a haircut.
00:48   It’s a hot day, so both doors are open, including the back door.
00:58   While the victim sits in the chair, two armed perpetrators enter.
01:09   An execution in broad daylight in the Arab community.
01:14   Not uncommon in Sweden, a country that used to be one of the safest in the world.
01:19   Sweden is now Europe’s leader in the category of murder with firearms.
01:24   In 2019 alone, 42 people were shot here.
01:29   Most of the victims came from the gang milieu, in which Arab clans are also heavily involved.
01:35   The execution in the barbershop was a brutal climax.
01:39   There is still no trace of the perpetrators.
01:44   The victim had contacts within the underworld, but we don’t know
01:50   if the man was also was a member of a criminal gang.
01:56   Of course we suspect that the crime is gang-related.
02:01   In Sweden, the general public watches helplessly as concrete towers
02:05   in the suburbs, like these in Hjällbo on the outskirts of Gothenburg,
02:09   have become parallel worlds, similar to those that have formed in Berlin-Neukölln.
02:13   The apartment blocks are the territory of the Ali Khan.
02:17   Ulf Boström works as a scene officer in the immigrant community.
02:23   No one knows the clans in Sweden better than he does.
02:27   The police have withdrawn from these neighborhoods.
02:32   The resulting insecurity was exploited by criminal networks and clan families
02:36   to engage in covert criminal activity.
02:40   They often hide their businesses behind family members who are well-integrated.
02:46   The non-criminals feel they have to protect their families.
02:52   At the end of May of 2021, the marketplace in Hjällbo was transformed into an arena of violence.
03:00   The police were present by helicopter in the air, but had too few officers on the ground.
03:05   There’s a revolt! Revolt!
03:09   Panic spreads on police radio. —Revolt! Revolt!
03:16   During the rioting that Friday afternoon, the members of two large Arab families
03:22   beat each other without restraint. The violence seems to have appeared from nowhere,
03:27   and catches the police completely off guard. The officers had no choice but to watch
03:33   and later evaluate cell phone videos.
03:37   That day, the state’s authority was transferred to the clans.
03:42   In Germany, there have been a number of similar scenes,
03:46   known in police jargon as “Riot Crime”.
03:52   The journalist Johanna Lerneby wrote a Swedish bestseller about the clans.
03:57   She knows the background of the war in the marketplace.
04:03   A teenager from an Arab clan family from northeast Gothenburg
04:12   stole a moped. He was stopped by a member of another clan and an argument ensued.
04:19   In this quarter of Hjällbo, clans always know what is happening.
04:26   If they are in need, they call their brothers and cousins;
04:30   there is a duty to help each other.
04:37   Court records document that members of the Ali Khans clashed
04:41   with the extended Simo family. Both sides were able to mobilize
04:45   dozens of fighters within a short period of time.
04:49   Loyalty is the precious asset within the families.
04:52   Two days later, hatred re-escalated in the suburban ghettos.
04:57   Although the police increase their presence in Hjällbo, large groups of men
05:02   beat each other up. Once again, the duel is the Ali Khan vs. Simos.
05:07   However, this time, someone dies.
05:11   Three men of the Simo family are sitting on a wall under trees when suddenly
05:15   a youth pulls out his gun. Although the police are patrolling everywhere,
05:21   suddenly a corpse is lying on the asphalt.
05:25   The armed man came from over there.
05:29   He just came over here and shot three times.
05:34   One person was fatally shot. Two others were injured.
05:41   There were police officers right around the corner.
05:46   Just try to imagine how these perpetrators tick.
05:52   Police officers are right over there and they still pull a gun and three people
05:55   are shot. One of them dies. What kind of people are they?
06:00   Look how far this has come. I’m really worried about this development.
06:04   The victim is a 44-year-old man from the Simo clan.
06:09   He leaves behind four children.
06:12   The shooter is believed to be a young man with Somali roots who is being held in custody.
06:16   According to police, young Somalis do the dirty work for the Ali Khan family.
06:23   They also form the foot soldiers in the drug market which is also dominated by the clan.
06:29   In Sweden we trust the police and know that we can rely on them, but the clans don’t.
06:34   They solve their problems within their community and build a parallel society
06:42   where the family is most important. The government is only useful when they need money,
06:47   but other than that, the government is disregarded. That’s a huge difference.
06:54   Parallel societies exist in Sweden as well as in Germany.
06:59   Scandinavia also lacks the remedy for patriarchal family structures where values of the clan
07:06   are superior to those of the of the general public.
07:09   At the funeral of the murder victim, women have to stand on the sidelines.
07:14   Their role is mostly limited to bearing as many children as possible.
07:18   Strengthening their power, according to the crude clan logic.
07:25   Dozens of relatives from Germany also attend the ceremony.
07:30   It was petty. A brawl. Fist fights. It was about nothing. There’s no need to overreact.
07:36   It can be resolved, but not by killing a man.
07:41   I could even kill an ant or a chicken. —OK. Thanks.
07:49   After the murder in Hjällbo, the police increased their forces in the quarter.
07:54   However, in the long run, the state cannot guarantee security
07:58   because the opposition is too unscrupulous. The same applies in Berlin.
 

2 thoughts on “Clan Wars in Gothenburg’s No-Go Zones

  1. Keep up the great work 3rd worlders, the more you push, until there is nowhere to go, the more the wrath and rage will be rained upon all of you and the feckless, weak traitors in our midst.

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