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Malmö residents march to protest violence

Malmö residents march to protest violence

Published: 08 Jan 2012 15:45 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Jan 2012 15:45 GMT+01:00

Residents of Malmö have had enough of the ruthless street violence, and on Friday filled the city's Gustav Adolfs square to show their frustration.

"No more violence", and "This is bloody enough" the signs said, some of them with pictures of the 15-year-old boy who was shot dead on New Year's Eve.

"Where are the police, where is the safety," they marchers chanted.

There was music, a short speech, but no political action during the hour the plaza was filled with people.

"I feel elation when I see that so many have responded to our challenge. Today we form a united front against organized crime and illegal weapons," said one of the initiators, former Social Democrat Riksdag member Luciano Astudillo.

The meeting was first suggested via Facebook after the 15-year-old boy was killed, and a few days later, when another man was shot dead on a Malmö street in broad daylight, about 10,000 people rapidly signed up to partake.

Organizers of the demonstration encouraged people not to bring flags and banners as the protest was not of political nature, daily Dagens Nyheter reported.

Speakers emphasized the importance of changing the growing image of Malmö as an unsafe city.

"[Malmö] is such a young city and people move here because they think that's positive, but the violence denigrates that image and it frightens people," Astudillo told Dagens Nyheter.

The paper described the demonstration as dignified and calm.

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17:18 January 8, 2012 by vbzy
well tought law should enforce to eradicate any crime in the future
17:26 January 8, 2012 by motti
wassa, I agree with you. While it was only the Jews, which the mayor agreed with and blamed them, it was okay. Now, this is what happens. Give an inch and people want a mile. Too bad, but poetic justice.
17:52 January 8, 2012 by canuk
malmö is a fecalhole. its going to get much worse with the next generation as new swedes like to have half a dozen kids or so. the police are effen useless unless they are writing tickets for speeding. you always have a feeling of unease walking the streets of malmö like fecal is going to hit the fan at moment. i would compare it to a mexican border city to the states....
18:31 January 8, 2012 by Greysuede
Some were trying hard to make the things happen like this. What kind of influence is on the United Nations, European Union and the Liberals? Who's the behind of them? Who's trying to export such an ugly multiculturalism to us?
18:33 January 8, 2012 by StockholmSam
Occupy Wayne's Coffee!
18:44 January 8, 2012 by Svensksmith
Swedish Spring.
19:13 January 8, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
The people are having to take to the streets because this is the only way open to them of registering any form of protest.
20:33 January 8, 2012 by Carbarrister
Elections matter not another dignified protest. Swedes are mostly dignified and non-violent.

Multiculturalism is neither.

If the politicians and police are not willing or able to protect the law abiding then they will arm themselves and take on their own defense.
21:06 January 8, 2012 by wxman
Nice start. Now admit who's the problem and deport them.
00:17 January 9, 2012 by suprkynu
sweden is scandenevian gangster. waaw.
01:22 January 9, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
People are asking for more police presence. Why not send in the (probably mostly idle) Swedish armed forces?

Maybe time for them to take a break from simulated invasions of northern Sweden by either Norway or Finland, and do some peace keeping in a real life domestic war zone.
02:16 January 9, 2012 by Chickybee
Malmo = New Baghdad.

Sad reality but as most people contend - this kind of violence was NEVER prominent in pre-multicultural Sweden.

The culture of violence is sadly repeating itself from many of the people who have fled to Sweden for such reasons - not all of course but definately some.
02:45 January 9, 2012 by Smiling Canuk
Sweden has created its own monster. My wife's parents were from there but won't even go back to visit now. They say they want to remember it the way it was, not see it as it is now.
11:41 January 9, 2012 by mikewhite
"about 10,000 people rapidly signed up to partake"

"Partake" (http://www.chambersharrap.co.uk/chambers/features/chref/chref.py/main?query=partake) of what ?
14:05 January 9, 2012 by samwise
who knew this kind of protest would happen in sweden? I am totally surprised. the government is responsible to protect the citizens and/or their properties, please allocate some resources to catching criminals instead of writing parking tickets.
17:04 January 9, 2012 by be4real
samwise - u need to read up on whats going on in Malmo before u think its the fault of the local police - i read there have been times the police have responded to calls for help and they have been run OUT of malmo bc people dont want them there "interfering" -
21:40 January 9, 2012 by ironman294
This protest will show the criminals!!! A protest march. If the shooters are Swedish it will work because they are PC twits. If the shooters are not swedish then it will not work. haha
21:51 January 9, 2012 by Gustav Jung
There seems to be a lot of very thinly disguised racism in these posts, disguised as criticism of "multiculturalism" Why don't you all come out and say what you mean, then we will all know where we are.
23:16 January 9, 2012 by Chickybee
@Gustav Jung - Multiculturalism has nothing to do with racism - it is just the fact that the reality of this concept has failed and there are now visibly discrete, parallel societies living side by side.

There are countless episodes of cultural clashes which only highlight this. But it seems that Swedish culture and its laws are at fault.

There is no freedom of expression in Sweden.

That's gone.

What does that say about Sweden?

I suggest that you are projecting your own ideas rather than just allowing others their right to express themselves without wishing insulting anyone.

However, just go and try living in Egypt for a year and you will see how imposing one kind of culture regardless on all is carried out and you might change your mind.
00:01 January 10, 2012 by blik
A march in Malmo is simply a whimper of the old Sweden before the changing demographics dictate that anti social violence becomes normal place in Sweden.

Just remember it is a situation self imposed.
02:13 January 10, 2012 by jomamas
Ha ha ...

Sweden is self destructing.

I wonder if I am happy to see insane intellectual leftists lose the argument, or sad to see such a great culture get wiped out?

Wake up. The problem is obvious.
12:02 January 10, 2012 by Phalafala
Comeon Sweden Authorities act on this problem now. Before it`s TOO LATE. Why can`t the problem go back to where it belongs & originates because the WAR is over. My adoptive brother lives in Malmo and I used to stay there what a nice City but I came back to my Country because I am needed here not to sit and turn a BEAUTIFUL CITY into some WARTORN CITY because I think I know or because I can eat cheese everyday whereas my people go to sleep with an empty. SWEDISH AUTHORITIES PLEASE get rid of the problem before SWEDEN TURNS INTO some WARTORN Country somewhere in the WORLD.
17:53 January 10, 2012 by Freddo
What is here that were not thirty years ago? While Swedens do not answer this question, violence will continue.
20:53 January 10, 2012 by jvtx3232
"Some were trying hard to make the things happen like this. What kind of influence is on the United Nations, European Union and the Liberals? Who's the behind of them? Who's trying to export such an ugly multiculturalism to us?"

@Greysuede: Here are two examples (of many) of the home-grown traitors:

http://petterssons.bloggsida.se/files/2010/09/Allah-ska-med.jpg

"I think that it is a little that that makes many Swedes jealous of immigrant groups. You have a culture, and identity, a history - something that binds you together. And what you we have? We have midsummer eve and other such corny things?" -Former member of the riksdag Mona Sahlin

and

http://www.nattogdag.no/cache/images/article/640x/natt-dag-moter-thomas-hylland-eriksen.jpg

"Our greatest challenge is to deconstruct [native indigenous Europeans], and we must deconstruct them so thoroughly so that they may never be able to call themselves a majority again" -Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen of Norway
02:00 January 11, 2012 by blik
Multiculturalism - a new weapon idea invented at the Kremlin in the middle of the cold war
11:22 January 11, 2012 by Marc the Texan
I first came to Malmo 12 years ago. It is just a different city today culturally. Even as an outsider I can see this. Too late now, you got what you asked for. And you did ask for it politically again and again. And you're still asking for more.
00:39 January 21, 2012 by David Warren
Careful what you say folks because politically correct people do not wish the obvious to be said, written or shown.

The combination of multiculturalism and Islam worldwide has failed.

Unfortunately the best intentions of the Western people have been high jacked by radical Islam and impractical idealism.

The tradition of head scarves and face covering for women is also rubbish and recent. If you go back and look at the opening of the Aswan Dam a head scarf or face covering will hardly appear.

Why is it that radical Islam means never having to work?

In Australia the moderate Muslim works hard, the extremist Muslim is critical of the West yet lives on social welfare supplied by the country they criticise.
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