Police in Sweden have been accused of hushing up a series of sexual assaults by asylum seekers at Europe’s largest teen pop festival, with one senior officer saying police wanted to avoid “playing into the hands” of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party.
In an internal police memo seen by the newspaper, officers identified a group of approximately 50 men, “so-called refugee youths, predominantly from Afghanistan,” whom they suspected of being behind the attacks, adding that “several of the gang were arrested for sexual harassment”.
Despite a record number of girls reporting crimes, police made no mention of the phenomenon in the report on the festival posted to their website, which said instead only that there had been “relatively few crimes and few arrests given the number of attendants”.
Sweden’s Prime Minister on Monday called for an immediate inquiry into why no crimes were prosecuted and whether police hushed up the assaults.
“I feel a very strong anger that young women should not be able to attend a music festival without being offended, sexually harassed and attacked,” he said.
On Monday afternoon, Dan Eliasson, Sweden’s national police commissioner, agreed that the offences were “completely unacceptable” and launched an “immediate internal investigation into any wrongdoing or crimes”.
“I will be extremely displeased if we held back on any information for political reasons,” he said.
Displeased perhaps isn’t the right word, incandescent with rage and laying about you with a Viking battle axe might come close though.
there’s a vague similarity here between this and my general view of Islamic terrorism. That some of us will be killed I think inevitable, as 7/7 showed. There always will be nutters in any movement or religion. But I’m much less worried about the actual terrorism than I am the reaction to it: I can easily see, hell, the Home Office is just drooling at the prospect, the continued erosion of our own civil liberties in order to “beat the terrorists”. And that would be a price higher than a few score dead every few years.
True, no one’s actually asking me to be the one to die so that’s quite easy to say but…..
That gangs of imperfectly socialised young men cop a grope at a pop festival….not desirable and of course something should indeed be done. But what worries me far more than that itself is the corruption of the whole policing and criminal justice system that we seem to be seeing. In the name of that political correctness, in order not to give aid to the Swedish Democrats in this case. Which is where the similarity is: it’s not actually the immigrants or the terrorists I worry about. It’s the damage we’re doing to our own rights and societies in the contortions of trying to deal with them.