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Olof Palme's grave desecrated by vandals

Olof Palme's grave desecrated by vandals

Published: 16 Jun 2011 15:23 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Jun 2011 15:23 GMT+02:00

The grave of murdered Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, gunned down on a Stockholm sidewalk 25 years ago, has been vandalised with graffiti, it was discovered on Thursday.

A black graffiti tag had been scrawled across the simple granite tombstone bearing only Palme's signature -- the only visible sign of vandalism at the Adolf Fredrik church cemetery in central Stockholm on Thursday.

"The motive must have been ill will towards the policies of the Social Democrats or to Olof Palme as a person," Ted Harris, the acting vicar, told the Expressen daily's website.

"What do you gain from vandalising someone's tombstone? This must be an expression of deep-seated aggression," he added.

Police meanwhile confirmed that a complaint had been filed and that they are investigating the matter, but refused to provide any further details.

“We have received a report but we haven’t finished handling it yet,” police officer Ola Törndahl of the Stockholm police told Expressen.

On Thursday afternoon Palme’s family had not yet been notified of the deed.

“I have heard nothing about it but if that is the case then I think it is terrible,“ said the former prime minister’s son Mårten Palme to Expressen.

Palme was shot twice in the back by a lone gunman shortly after leaving a downtown cinema in Stockholm to walk home with his wife on the evening of February 28, 1986.

After mortally injuring Palme and grazing his wife Lisbeth with a bullet, the attacker ran off, taking his .357 Magnum revolver with him.

He left Palme in a pool of blood on the snow-covered sidewalk at the corner of what has since been renamed Olof Palme street.

The murder weapon has never been recovered.

The assassination, which sent shockwaves through Sweden, has never been solved despite an enormous amount of leads over two and a half decades.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:30 June 16, 2011 by Syftfel
"The motive must have been ill will towards the policies of the Social Democrats". - As someone who has gone on record, and proudly so, as has having contempt for the social dems and their policies, this has to be a new low in my opinion! And whatever message the perpetrator is trying to deliver, will no doubt have the opposite effect. This is NOT how political discourse is conducted! May they catch the vandal. Even when political differences are aired, civility needs to be preserved.
18:33 June 16, 2011 by Rick Methven
A certain person posting here has on many occasions has attacked Palme in the most vicious way. Maybe TL should past his IP on to the police so that his innocence can be proven, or not.
20:03 June 16, 2011 by Rey Stockholm
I suspect you are looking too deeply - simply some idiotic vandal
20:39 June 16, 2011 by Infart
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
20:42 June 16, 2011 by Rick Methven
Well as syftfel has never even been to Sweden and I am sure his mummy would not give him enough pocket money to buy a ticket (apart from not having a passport) I do not think it was him. But it is good to get him worried after his documented opinion of Palme and his general very violent demeanour.

I suppose he could have spent his pocket money on getting somebody else to do his dirty work?
20:47 June 16, 2011 by Qassim
What does this violent idiot did cannot be justified in politics and so on. If he/she is sick and suffering from Expressive Language Disorder let him/her see a psychiatrist and let them be locked down.

Let the dead rest in peace. Mr. Palme was once a leader in Sweden and leaders must be respected whether they are dead or alive.
20:48 June 16, 2011 by infidel2012
@Infart

Spot-on!

It's really a shame that cowards attack a grave site, regardless of political affiliations. I would think there are CCTV security cameras around that may have caught the vandals in the act?
22:04 June 16, 2011 by Syftfel
Agree with Infidel2012. (I can't see what infart wrote.) And methven, don't you think this is the wrong story to use to go on the attack against me. I thoroughly enjoy a good interchange of ideas, including the ones I have with you. And while true, I hold many fierce grudges against social dem party and its programs, we're talking about desecrating a grave here. Are there no limits to what you feel you must do to drag down the conversation down to the gutter level. I'm quickly losing whatever little respect I had for you methven. I was hoping we can continue our disagreements on the issues. And PS methven, I'm able to supply proof that I am in Tashkent at the time of writing, and won't be in Sweden until mid/late July.
22:11 June 16, 2011 by jostein
Looks like standard graffiti to me. Mebbe some1 just figured he would get his tag on the news. The local is happy to oblige, as always.
23:51 June 16, 2011 by StockholmSam
The kind of street kids that tag in that manner come from families who are the primary recipients of the policies promoted by the Social Democrats. On the flip side, they are the victims of the Moderate policies. Therefore, I am thinking this is not targeted at Olof Palme. Unless the perps are incredibly uneducated, which would be no surprise, of course.

My neighborhood (Södermalm) gets tagged with graffiti every week. They paint over it and it reappears a few days later. I get so angry that I swear, if I every caught a kid spraying a wall I am not sure I could restrain my fury. I fear I might hurt the person really badly. Why in the heck does Sweden not ban spray paint and make it illegal to possess it?
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