Sweden has become the epicenter for gang violence following influx of immigrants
Sweden has recorded one of its worst ever nights for violence this year as masked migrant youths orchestrated a firebomb attack across multiple cities, setting cars on fire and sending crime rates soaring.
Sweden has become the epicenter for gang violence as resentment among citizens becomes more apparent amid the influx of 600,000 immigrants over the past five years.
Donald Trump was famously attacked by liberals for linking immigration to Sweden’s soaring crime rates, but now the US President may be proved right.
The three cities targeted
Frölunda: 6-8 masked youths light fires and throw stones. 32 cars burned, nobody is arrested.
Nordost: Another group of about 8-10 migrants throws stones and fires. 15 cars have burned. Nobody is arrested.
Trollhättan: The largest group of masked attackers throw stones and fires. Six cars have burned while other damaged. Perpetrators have yet to be identified.
According to ZeroHedge: When most fires started within a short period of time, it can not be excluded that there is a connection between the fires, the case will be investigated.
Polish patrons will remain in the affected areas as long as it is considered necessary.
It is no surprise then, as we noted previously, judging by the latest polls, the rise of extreme populist groups in Sweden is accelerating fast.
As Reuters reports, dozens of people have been killed in the past two years in attacks in the capital Stockholm and other big cities by gangs that are mostly from run-down suburbs dominated by immigrants.
With public calls growing for tougher policies on crime and immigration, support has risen for the ironically named, Sweden Democrats, a party with neo-Nazi roots that wants to freeze immigration and to hold a referendum on Sweden’s membership of the European Union.
Their worried mainstream rivals have started moving to the right on crime and immigration to try to counter the Sweden Democrats’ threat in the Sept. 9 election.
But so far, they are playing into the hands of the far-right.
“Right now they (mainstream parties) are competing over who can set out the most restrictive policies,” said Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin, whose Green Party is part of a minority government led by the Social Democratic Party.
Multiple arson attacks on vehicles in #Gothenburg tonight
– An estimated 15 cars alleged to have been torched
– Youths with molotov cocktails are reported to have set fire to the vehicles
– Other arson attacks reported in Trollhättan
– Ongoing#Sweden #Göteborg #svpol #breaking pic.twitter.com/ygKsdaW17N
— Intelligence Fusion (@IntellFusion) August 13, 2018
— Johan Jansson (@JJohanJJansson) August 13, 2018
Videon som visar Sveriges förfall med bilbränderna på Frölunda torg i Göteborg togs ner på Facebook efter att den på en timme fått över 150 000 visningar! 🤬
— Alternativ för Sverige (@AfS_riks) August 13, 2018
BREAKING: Serious situation in Sweden. Youths torched around 14 cars near a shopping centre in Gothenburg pic.twitter.com/Ia9vbMnNV0
— Voice of Europe 🌐 (@V_of_Europe) August 13, 2018
Photos from Gothenburg in Sweden right now.
It’s a war zone. pic.twitter.com/UTl9m3JhXV
— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) August 13, 2018
“It clearly benefits the Sweden Democrats.”
Opinion polls put the Sweden Democrats on about 20 percent support, up from the 13 percent of votes they secured in the 2014 election and the 5.7 percent which saw them enter parliament for the first time in 2010.
The Sweden Democrats’ rise on the back of anti-immigration sentiment mirrors gains for right-wing, populist and anti-establishment parties in other European countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.
The Sweden Democrats still trail the Social Democratic Party but have overtaken the main opposition Moderates in many polls. All mainstream parties have ruled out working with them.
But they could emerge from the election as kingmakers, and a strong election showing could force the next government to take their views into consideration when shaping policy.
Their policies include a total freeze on asylum seekers and accepting refugees only from Sweden’s neighbors in the future.
They also want tougher penalties for crime and more powers for police, and say tax cuts and higher spending on welfare could be funded by cutting the immigration budget.
Jimmie Akesson, the leader of the Sweden Democratic party, has described the situation as “pretty fantastic”.
“We are dominating the debate even though no one will talk to us,” he told party members.
The Sweden Democrats have succeeded in linking the two in the minds of many voters, even though official statistics show no correlation between overall levels of crime and immigration.
However, while the government denies it has lost control but Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has not ruled out sending the military into problem areas.
“Sweden is going down a more right-wing path,” said Nick Aylott, a political scientist at Sodertorn University said.
“It is almost impossible to avoid according to some sort of influence to a party with around 20 percent of the vote.”