Rosengård disturbances continue

Police reinforcements were again required in the Rosengård district of Malmö following a series of disturbances on Monday night.

The ten police officers already patrolling the area were joined by five more as fighting broke out and fires were lit.

“There were a lot of people out and it wasn’t until 1.45am that things calmed down and most of them had left,” said police spokesman Peter Martin.

Monday’s disturbances began when a police car had its rear window smashed at around 8pm.

This was followed by a number of small fires, as loading pallets and other objects were set alight. There was no major damage caused by these fires however and police are treating them as vandalism.

Shortly after 11pm a more serious blaze was reported in a basement on Von Rosens Väg.

“We have categorized it as arson,” said Martin.

Another fire at a store on Ramels Väg just before 1am is also being classified as arson.

Both fires were quickly brought under control and they did not result in any major damage.

Police were also forced to intervene when a fight broke out between two adult men. Both were arrested after one of the men had drawn a knife and slashed the other man’s clothing.

“On Tuesday morning we are meeting with council staff and emergency services to see what we can do together to calm the situation down.

“For the time being we have set aside special police patrols for Rosengård,” said Martin.


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