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Migration Board offices hit by 'activist' attacks

Migration Board offices hit by 'activist' attacks

Published: 01 Nov 2012 09:50 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Nov 2012 09:50 GMT+01:00

Two Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) offices in opposite parts of the country were damaged late Wednesday night in what police believe were organized attacks.

“We have had confirmation that our Malmö office was targeted. What they have done is sprayed and poured out paint as well as put up some photographs. I have heard that it is quite a lot, quite extensive,” said Migration Board spokesman Fredrik Bengtsson to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

Police in opposite ends of the country, in Malmö in the south and in Umeå in the north, received reports early Thursday morning about damages to agency offices, with windows shattered, paint thrown about and “your rejections kill” spray-painted on the walls.

In Umeå in the north of Sweden, a security guard alerted police after discovering what had been done to the building shortly after 2.55am, according to the local Västerbottens-Kuriren (VK) paper.

In a letter sent to several Swedish newspapers, an activist group called "Aktion för en värld utan gränser" ('Action for a world without borders') has claimed responsibility for the attacks, reported DN.

The Migration Board has not received any confirmation as to who is behind the deeds but told the paper that it is not the first time the agency has been attacked by activists.

“It happens every now and again. Generally it will be in the bigger towns but it does happen in smaller towns as well," said Behtsson to DN.

So far the police have carried out a forensic investigation but have made no arrests.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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