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Borg in verbal row with aggressive civilian

TT/The Local · 3 Jun 2009, 08:03

Published: 03 Jun 2009 08:03 GMT+02:00

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According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, Borg entered the garage unaccompanied by body guards to meet a car he had ordered from the government's motor pool to take him to a meeting.

Upon entering the garage, which is connected to a loading dock and thus accessible to the general public, an unknown man on his way to deliver a package rushed up to Borg and began shouting at him.

“The man was directed to the receiving dock in one of the garages at the government offices. At the same time finance minister Anders Borg passed by the same spot,” said Säpo spokesperson Patrik Peter to the TT news agency.

“At that point the man began yelling at the finance minister, but there was no physical altercation.”

A Säpo driver, who was not formally employed as a bodyguard but is considered part of the agency's personal protection force, also intervened in order to keep the man away from Borg.

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo), which supplies body guards to government ministers, is reviewing the incident, which took place several days ago.

“We've assessed the incident and changed our routines. What happened won't happen again,” Peter told Aftonbladet.

Commenting on Wednesday to the TT news agency after reports of the incident emerged in the Swedish media, Borg attempted to downplay the confrontation saying he thought the man simply wanted to “say what he thought about the work we are doing”.

When asked about whether or not he thought the matter revealed any gaps in security procedures, Borg said it was up to Säpo to comment on their working methods.

“We live in an open democracy where citizens should be able to get close to their politicians; I think that has enormous value, so I don't think that we should make this into a big deal,” he told TT.

Nevertheless, the government offices have revised procedures so that letters and packages are no longer handed over in the building's garage.

“It was a serious incident and procedures have probably not been the best, so we think it's a valid assessment,” said Peter.

The man who approached Borg has not been charged with any crime.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:57 June 3, 2009 by Plowbridge H. Broad
Here we go again. Sensationalistic journalism at it's worst. You go big on Borg being attacked when it is clear this not the truth as the alleged assailant didn't get within 50ft of him. News reporting from the gutter.
11:19 June 3, 2009 by Kennethmac2000
I agree. Why does the headline say "attacked" when the article makes clear that someone only "attempted" to attack?
11:56 June 3, 2009 by Jenta
"trys"? Please at least proofread your headlines for spelling errors – this should be "tries". I understand that this hasn't been written by someone with English as a native language, but any spellchecking software ought to pick this type of thing up!
16:16 June 3, 2009 by The Local
Thanks for your feedback. We have updated the story several times as new details have emerged.

Paul O'Mahony,

Editor
22:43 June 3, 2009 by Veggiesax
Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
10:30 June 4, 2009 by ShaneW
When I saw the headlines on the front of Aftonbladet I did fear the worst to be honest...but thankfully the Local have cleared things up somewhat and proves that Aftonbladet is just a rag.

I think Borg has handled this quite well, many other politicians would be milking it whereas he is clearly downplaying the whole thing.

Mind you am still voting Fp on Sunday!
23:17 June 4, 2009 by Kooritze
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!........that was so interesting!
02:02 June 5, 2009 by Roger O. Thornhill
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07:47 June 5, 2009 by Puffin
Alarming that Sweden has not learned the lessons of Anna Lindh
09:28 June 5, 2009 by Plowbridge H. Broad
An old man engaging in conversation with Borg from 50ft is not comparable to Anna Lindh's situation. Sapo have been over melodramatic and quite frankly pathetic about this. Probably trying to get their budget raised.
10:54 June 5, 2009 by Benzed
^ Quite right.
11:03 June 5, 2009 by Puffin
And if the chauffer had not been in the garage? DN are reporting this as an attempted attack where it was the drivers intervention that prevented this from becoming more serious

I thought that the policy was that senior Ministers had bodyguards with them all the time - especially during election campaigns - yet in this case it didn't happen.

OK in this case nothing happened - but it's surprising that Säpo did not escort him to the car.
11:07 June 5, 2009 by Bender B Rodriquez
Also, one may wonder why the parking garage of the government offices is unguarded...
11:30 June 5, 2009 by Benzed
Flameproof jacket on here, but the politicians of Sweden are so bland and innocuous that it surprises me anyone would develop enough resentment to do anything more than this brief sprint and shout by way of protest.
11:40 June 5, 2009 by Puffin
Yes you could well wonder - according to the DN article - someone had left the goods entrance open to the street so this man was just able to wak in...
12:06 June 5, 2009 by Oskarsmamma
roflmao

Do ya want a tin-hat and flak jacket as well - have plenty spare
12:22 June 5, 2009 by Jasoncarter
Sorry, but have you seen Anders Borg's hairstyle? It gets me shouting 'CUT THAT F-ING PONY TAIL OFF' every time I see him on TV, so I wouldn't be surprised if this intruder in the garage was an incensed barber rushing at him with a pair of scissors.
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