President Trump’s Comments Shine Light on Turmoil in Sweden
This week a riot broke out in a Stockholm suburb this week, the biggest surprise for many was that a police officer found it necessary to fire his gun.
To US President Donald Trump the episode confirmed his earlier observation that the Scandinavian country was becoming a breeding ground for extremist attacks, the riot occurred in an immigrant neighborhood
Sweden prides itself on welcoming immigrants is seeing a new urban unrest. The combination of the country’s open-door policy and comparatively heterogeneous culture has led to frictions, especially in areas where many immigrants feel disempowered.
The country’s problems with crime, poverty, violence and gangs as well as waves of new immigrants, and President Trump’s focus on Swedish issues is now shedding light on the chaos, that the Swedes have kept bottled up, and out of the press.
The riot corroborate President Trump’s comments that Sweden could be the next European country to suffer the kind of extremist attacks that have devastated France, Belgium and Germany.
“My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast concerning immigrants and Sweden,” President Trump Tweeted after he indicated at a Saturday rally that a major incident had happened in Sweden the night before.
The President’s initial remarks “bewildered” Swedes because no such incident had taken place that Friday night.
The President clarified that he referred to a segment aired Friday night on the Fox News show. It reported that Sweden had accepted more than 160,000 asylum-seekers last year, but that only 500 of the migrants had found jobs.
Illustrated with images of broken windows and fires, the segment went on to say that a surge in gun violence and rape had followed an influx of immigrants to the country of 10-M.
Actually hundreds of thousands of immigrants have settled in Sweden and the police do not report incidents about the troubles there by referencing the immigrant population as the cause.
Sweden Democrat party has tapped into the anti-immigrant sentiment, many Swedes are reluctant and not inclined to link any increases in crime to the recent rapid growth in the number of refugees and migrants that streamed into the country and others in Europe.
The riot and gang battles over territory are mostly in areas where low-income immigrants settled.
In Rinkeby, Swedes have lived side-by-side with immigrants form Asia, the Middle East and Africa, but the Swedish influence has diminished as more immigrants move in and the Swedes move out.
The suburb now is a Red Flag symbol of the small country’s failed integration policies. And it has problems with crime and with radical Islamic groups recruiting jihadi fighters.
There were 112 cases of deadly violence in Y 2015, compared to 83 in Y 2005, according to statistics from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.
Last year, the number of reported rapes rose to 67 incidents per 100,000 people, up from 60 per 100,000 in Y 2015 but down from 69 per 100,000 in 2014. Sweden had 52 reported cases per 100,000 people in Y 2007.
After a local newspaper published a story about the crimes, a police officer confirmed “a large number of cases” from the 5-day festival and said that scores of suspects were detained. The officer denied the newspaper’s suggestion that police had purposely kept quiet and pointed out that the department would not have discussed the ethnicity of suspects regardless.
Swedes were upset when President Trump took to Twitter Monday to comment on their country.
“The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large-scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!” the president tweeted.
So, now that the immigration problems in Sweden are in the light, the Big Q is, will the Swedes get their heads out of the sand and recognize their disruptive immigration issues?