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KappAhl defies Hells Angels

Clothing retailer KappAhl has decided to defy the wishes of the Hells Angels and continue selling a range of t-shirts with a winged skull motif.

The t-shirts are now back on the shelves to four stores in southern Sweden despite the threat of reprisals if the chain did not remove the offending items.

According to Annette Ravenshorst, a spokeswoman for KappAhl, legal experts have now examined the items of clothing at the centre of the controversy.

“They have expressed to us their opinion that the image printed on the garments in question almost certainly does not constitute a trademark infringement,” she told Dagens Nyheter.

Last week two members of the Hells Angels threatened to assault a staff member at an outlet in Malmö.

They claimed that an image printed on a range of t-shirts too closely resembled the winged skull that is the motorcycle club’s trademark.

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

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

Police in Malmö have launched an investigation into the threats.

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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