SWEDEN RIOTS: Was Trump closer to the truth than the Swedish government likes to admit?

PRESIDENT TRUMP has ignited the debate on failed migrant integration in Europe, sparking fury in the EU, yet prompting the world to ask.. what is REALLY happening in Sweden?

PUBLISHED: 16:39, Sat, Feb 25, 2017 
Shocking pictures of burnt out cars, riots, windows being smashed, and police storming the streets have been plastered all over social media and in the national press- but the country INSISTS there is no major problem.

Trump kicked off the debate when he was accused of insinuating there was an attack or major incident in Sweden a Florida rally, a week ago.

But it has triggered a stand-off where on one side – the media and right-wing politicians are accused of over-egging scuffles and violent behaviour of a handful – and the other side – largely the left – is charged with being in total denial.

Politicians jumped to defend the Nordic nation after Trump’s speech -but within days scenes of violence and burning vehicles began to emerge.

Former Swedish PM Carl Bildt immediately tweeted: “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound.”

Trump was apparently pointing towards a documentary linking rape with migrants in Sweden.

In Rinkeby, a suburb in Stockholm, Iraqi settlers told the Daily Mail’s David Charter they are scared to leave their businesses at night.

Shop windows are being smashed, younger people intimidated and business owners robbed.

Sweden in flames as riots break out in suburbsGETTY

Anger in Sweden over Trump comments came days before riots

Cars burned in Sweden GETTY

Rioters in Sweden burned cars and smashed windows

Deputy chairman of Rinkeby Council, Benjamin Dousa, insisted the country is “at a crossroads”.

Mr Dousa told the Daily Mail: “It is not fake news we have a problem with in our suburbs.

“We have riots almost once a month and a big riot once a year, and by big I means continuing for almost a week.”

On Monday Rinkeby was enveloped in chaos when between 30-50 people were involved in violent scenes

The unrest kicked off after officers detained a wanted man at a Metro station and the reaction was so fierce – one officer reportedly had to open fire.

Donald TrumpGETTY

Donald Trump has been accused of making up rumours about terror in Sweden

In February Swedish police published a report naming FIFTY-THREE areas where crime has rocketed, and officers were reluctant to go to.

A government report released this week, attempts to talk it down.

The document called ‘Facts about migration and crime in Sweden’ attempted to answer questions about safety in Sweden.

“What is true, however, is that in several of these areas the police have experienced difficulties fulfilling their duties; but it is not the case that the police do not go to them or that Swedish law does not apply there,” it said.

“The causes of the problems in these areas are complex and multifaceted.”

The same defensive statement said claims refugees are behind a rise in crime were untrue.

They attempted to back this claim up with a report from 2005 – despite tens of thousands of migrants entering the country in the 12 years since its release.

In 2014 Sweden received 81,000 asylum claims, 163,000 in 2015 and 29,000 in 2016.

Swedish politicians have leapt to defend their Scandinavian home – but those who have visited the more undesirable areas – are telling another story.

Fraser Nelson, a Telegraph journalist, painted a different picture.

While Sweden is not under siege by any means, there are many problems related to the country taking in so many asylum seekers over the last three years.

He wrote: “The Scandinavian paradise is still there, welcoming and inspiring. The government has, after great upheaval, managed to cut the refugee influx by four fifths.

“But its failure to integrate those already there has led to another Sweden, a country within a country characterised by gang violence and joblessness.

“On the day I arrived in Sweden, a 23-year-old was murdered in the city square there, shot in the head in front of several witnesses.

“It was the third such murder in six weeks. The local press tends not to report the ethnicity of the victim or suspects in such attacks, but Swedes have learnt to recognise immigrant-related gang crime when the see it.”

Sweden’s justice and migration minister has accused right-wing political party the Sweden Democrats of taking a few incidents – and pretending the whole of Sweden is burning.

He said; “I note that it has gone so far that the Sweden Democrats are intentionally harming Sweden by lying about how things are.

“We can’t let that go unchallenged. They’re painting a picture of a country characterised by violence, when it’s the exact opposite. Not to mention the risk of being the victim of deadly violence in the US is four times higher than in Sweden.”

Police spokesman Lars Bystrom insisted he is not battling frequent riots in the suburbs.

He said: ”This kind of situation doesn’t happen that often but it is always regrettable when it happens.”

Swedish police do not give out the ethnic background information on those arrested – making it difficult to know whether or not a perceived rise in crime is linked to migration.

This policy has led to accusations the police are not being honest with the people.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s