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Angry 'socialists' vandalize Alliance offices

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12:51 CEST+02:00
A group calling itself Kommando 365 has vandalized offices in Gothenburg belonging to the Moderate Party, Liberal Party and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.

The attacks took place in the early hours of Monday morning, a year to the day after the four party centre-right Alliance came to power. The 365 in the group's name is a reference to this anniversary.

The Moderate Party's offices in Kungsbacka bore the brunt of the group's ire.

"Using four cobblestones, they smashed four windows before covering the premises in red paint," local chairman Lars Stranne told Göteborgs-Posten.

The floor, walls, ceiling, desks and book shelves were all destroyed.

"They also stole a flat screen worth three thousand kronor, which we were using to display graphics in the window," said Stranne.

The Liberal Party in Gothenburg had two of its windows smashed with cobblestones and red paint daubed on the outer walls.

The Göteborgs-Posten newspaper received an e-mail from the unknown group explaining that it consisted of "socialists who are sick and tired of the bourgeois Alliance".

The group went on to describe the government's first 365 days in office as: "A year of cheating politicians, tax breaks and maids and moves to change labour legislation."

The authors added that they made no distinction between the four coalition partners and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.

"They are two sides of the same coin protecting exactly the same interests."

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise called in its landlord after finding paint sprayed on the front of the building. The landlord removed the paint and reported the matter to the police.

"We live in a free country where we have right to express an opinion but this is just hooliganism. It has no place in a democracy," regional manager Kenneth Krantz told Göteborgs-Posten.

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