The Swedish Prime Minister recently stated that the laws of Sweden are not intended to permit or condone gang warfare and the use of child soldiers.
For many years, the nation has maintained a policy of liberal immigration which had an inevitable impact on its social structure.
In 2015, Sweden accepted more immigrants per capita than any other European country during the migration crisis.
The reversal of policies by the former administration and the further tightening of restrictions by Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson’s government have had a lasting impact.
Approximately 20% of Sweden’s 10.5 million inhabitants are foreign-born, and violence has become commonplace in this formerly idyllic Scandinavian country; Malmö is now known as the rape capital of Europe.
This week, two more people were killed in separate shootings in Stockholm on Wednesday, while a young woman, believed to be an innocent bystander, was killed when a bomb detonated at a residence in Uppsala.
“Sweden’s prime minister summoned the head of the armed forces and the police commissioner in a bid to stem gang violence, he said on Thursday, following a wave of violence that has taken at least 11 lives in September alone.
[…] ‘This is a difficult time for Sweden. A 25-year-old woman went to bed last night on a completely ordinary evening but never got to wake up’, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said during a rare televised address to the nation. ‘We will hunt the gangs, we will defeat the gangs,” he said’.”
Kristersson was victorious in the election, partially due to a pledge to address increasing gang-related violence. This victory has granted police greater authority, and new laws have been passed with stricter penalties for firearm offences.
“‘The measures have yet to take effect, but Kristersson blamed former governments for the problems. “It is an irresponsible immigration policy and a failed integration that has brought us here’, Kristersson said.”
The Prime Minister convened the National Police Commissioner and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces in order to assess his current options.
“The police estimate that about 30,000 people in Sweden are directly involved with or have ties to gang crime. The violence has also spread from major urban areas to smaller towns where violent crime was previously rare.”
The 11 shooting deaths have made September the deadliest month in Sweden since December 2019.
Associated Press reported:
“Getting the military involved in crime-fighting would be a highly unusual step for Sweden, underscoring the severity of the gang violence that has claimed a dozen lives across the country this month, including teenagers and innocent bystanders.
[…] It wasn’t immediately clear in what capacity the military would get involved, but previous proposals have focused on soldiers taking over protection duties from police to free up more resources for crime-fighting.
‘Sweden has never before seen anything like this’, Kristersson said in a televised speech to the nation. ‘No other country in Europe is seeing anything like this’.”
Last year, Sweden witnessed the highest number of shooting fatalities on record with over 60 deaths.
It has been suggested by Swedish media that this rise in violence is linked to a feud between rival factions of the Foxtrot Network criminal gang.
Welcoming hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers from the Middle East and Africa has come at a steep societal price.