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KappAhl threatened by Hells Angels

Clothing retailer KappAhl has taken two items off its shelves after two members of the Hells Angels threatened to assault a staff member at an outlet in southern Sweden.

On Thursday members of the motorcycle club demanded the removal of a t-shirt and a baseball cap. They claimed that an image printed on the items of clothing resembled the winged skull that is the motorcycle club’s trademark.

“They threatened to beat up the employee,” a witness told Aftonbladet.

The newspaper reports that KappAhl made an immediate decision to remove the offending items from its stores in Malmö and Helsingborg.

“They said that the shirts constitute trademark violation and we always react quickly in such cases,” an anonymous spokesman for KappAhl told Aftonbladet.

As far as the company’s spokesman was aware, the Hells Angels had not supplied any concrete proof that their emblem had been plagiarized. Nor was he certain that they would have taken such swift action if a regular customer had made similar unsubstantiated claims.

“I can’t give such a general answer, but of course there is a fear-tinged respect for the Hells Angels, though it’s not something I am proud of saying,” he said.

According to Aftonbladet, KappAhl has not reported the incident to the police.

HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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