Three Swedes attacked by Bulgarian security guards

Three Swedish men are reported to have been assaulted by security guards at the Sunny Beach resort in the Bulgarian town of Nesebar on Wedesday night. Four security guards were involved in the attack, which left one of the tourists needing several stitches, Aftonbladet reports.

The men, aged 22, 27 and 28, are said to have been on their way to a nightclub when they were approached by four uniformed guards. All three of the men are dark-skinned.

“They asked where we came from,” the 28-year-old told Aftonbladet.

“I thought maybe they wanted to talk or take a picture of us. They are not used to black people down here,” he added.

Instead one of the guards informed them that “we don’t like Africans”. He then pulled out a baton and struck the 28-year-old on the head. His colleagues then began kicking and punching the other two men, leaving the 22-year-old requiring stitches to a head wound.

Staff at tour operator Apollo have been informed of the incident.

“Three of our guests have been assaulted. We have helped put them in contact with a doctor. As I understand it, they each had minor injuries,” Kajsa Moström told news agency TT.

The men were foiled in their initial efforts to file a police report by an insurmountable language barrier.

“The tour operator is today going to help the men get access to an interpreter, which will enable them to put in a report,” said Moström.

The men now want nothing more than to return to Sweden as quickly as possible. They are due to return on Sunday but hope that Apollo can somehow manage to put them on an earlier flight.

Wednesday’s attack comes just two weeks after the death of a 24-year-old Swede following an assault by security guards in Nesebar.


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