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Wave of car fires in Gothenburg suburb

TT/The Local/pvs · 19 Apr 2011, 08:47

Published: 19 Apr 2011 08:47 GMT+02:00

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Five cars, a trailer and two mopeds were reported to have been set alight during the course of the evening with a tram and a police vehicle damaged by stone throwing.

The incidents were classified as aggravated criminal damage and police increased patrols in the area.

At around midnight there were large number of people on the streets near Vättnedal school, with adjoining roads barricaded by burning tyres, according to the local Göteborgs-Posten daily.

A number of local residents had gathered on their balconies to watch the events unfold.

"How can you do this in an area in which you live? Where are the parents and why don't the police drive through the gates?" asked a man in his his twenties who has lived in the area for ten years.

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By 3am the area was once again calm and under control, while police have confirmed that no arrests have been made.

The Local reported in early April that more than twenty cars had been torched in the Backa suburb of Gothenburg in protest stretching several nights following a police operation.

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10:13 April 19, 2011 by muscle
ummm.... the swedish police must know they need to be strict and kick some a$$es out there. Beat the sh!t out of them. These chaos creators ruin the peace of the city, have nothing better to do and are total waste of resources.
10:22 April 19, 2011 by LonelyLove
Weird... those blond haired blue eyed Swedes seem so friendly when I talk to them during the day... obviously they have a dark side of their personalities which comes out at night.
10:28 April 19, 2011 by Localer
you know that Frölunda is full of shitty immigrants right ?
10:37 April 19, 2011 by Rey Stockholm
How can yuo have so much damage and not a single arrest ? Incompetence-

I bet they are quaking in their boots now that police have increased patrols
10:47 April 19, 2011 by donutwallah
NO arrests?! That's sorted then!
10:57 April 19, 2011 by muscle
I just hope the police dont consider it mental illness and dont arrest them.

Oh BTW, speaking of mental illness, any suggestions about the following case? I understand this is not the right place to discuss. Still!

These days one of my friends, X, is being threatened by one person, Y, who is apparently suffering from schizophrenia. We happened to study in university with Y.

Y sometimes hits X with punches in public. We understand that we can not hit him back and we can not tie him, because it is against the law.

So many times we have reported the matter to the police, but the police will not take any action, as they will take action only when the court tells them to do. They are, though, observing him. We reported the matter to the school nurse and doctors, where Y is studying. But the doctors can not take any actions as there is not a cure for the illness. Recently, he started arguing with Y and started threatening him. When we called police, the police said tell the school management. We have told them, but still no action yet.

So what should we do ??? We understand that he is ill and we dont hate him but we are afraid, that someday if he gets hold of some knife or something, then it might be irreversable demage. Why wait for such damage????

Any ideas?
11:23 April 19, 2011 by Rishonim
The police are only good at catching people driving 10kilometres above the speed limit. Those are no youth gangs. They are a bunch of criminals and they should be dealt with as such.
11:29 April 19, 2011 by wenddiver
@Muscle- Explain your position to him carefully, then shove his head in a toilet and Flush it while kicking him in the head. Ask if he needs any other help understanding your position, repeat until he understands. Don't be surprised if he runs away when you come in the area as the treatment makes people shy. If you can arrange it play happy music like Barney the Dinnosaur singing "I love you, you love me, were a happy family".
12:00 April 19, 2011 by Swedesmith
Just don't leave any marks.
12:53 April 19, 2011 by wenddiver
Good idea Swedesmith, better tightly tie a wet bed sheet around his head for protection,before you start kicking Muscle.
12:57 April 19, 2011 by jacquelinee
Gangs are a problem all over the world. Pathetic that their intellect is used to plan detruction. But then, lets look at Hitler, Mussolini, George Bush, Sadam Hussein, Fidel Castro...the list goes on.... just car burners on a greater scale.
13:05 April 19, 2011 by wenddiver
Declar Martial law and give the police permission to shot arsonists, before they hurt somebody.
13:29 April 19, 2011 by muscle
great suggestions :)
13:43 April 19, 2011 by Syftfel
I know that Methven, Iraniboy and few other commentators are waiting for me to weigh in on this one. But I think I'll pass. It's just too easy, and we all know what's going on any way.
13:59 April 19, 2011 by swedejane
"...police have confirmed that no arrests have been made."

The police are really on top of this. How many cars have been burned in the past month? 40-50? Ridiculous. Is anyone in jail yet? These guys are sitting around laughing at how incompetent law enforcement is; unfortunately, this is only going to encourage them to commit worse crimes. Do the police think if they ignore this it will go away?
14:08 April 19, 2011 by STEF STEF
bye bye Sweden, if u tolerate this, then your children will be next...!!!
14:13 April 19, 2011 by technoviking
Ah, yes more of the mysterious "youth gangs"....

Perhaps a penetrating analysis of the identities and "grievances" of said gangs would she's some light on the real story?

I wonder if any Mona Sahlin supporters got their cars burned?
17:33 April 19, 2011 by Twiceshy
youth in fight against institutional fascism. cops should pay all damage because their fascist behavior produced demonstrations of youth.
18:39 April 19, 2011 by muscle
just wondering... what is the age limit for being referred as YOUTH?
18:44 April 19, 2011 by mkvgtired
"The Local reported in early April that more than twenty cars had been torched in the Backa suburb of Gothenburg in protest stretching several nights following a police operation."

Has to be very surreal and frustrating watching your city go to hell from your apartment. I guess the police don't want to do anything because they are afraid they will be "punished" by these "youth gangs". Some rubber bullets, tear gas and batons would go a long way.
20:02 April 19, 2011 by Rizwan Rahim
oohhhh Backa Boyz now go a longway...

police have all needed records & solutions but not for BB now, perhaps they may try and come with a SEPARATION THERAPY soon

@muscle reg ur XY situation, just add Z to the equation and see you get the answer.
20:22 April 19, 2011 by Swedesmith
@ muscle: if you gotta ask, you're already too old.
22:37 April 19, 2011 by technoviking

Youth = non-Western immigrants 14-79 yrs. old.
23:02 April 19, 2011 by Njal
@ Syftfel

Agree ditto!


Agree, well said.

Also, you're police force cannot really protect you from these people, certainly not your property. You can't blame the police too much, after all they have no power to punish those who deserve it.

Solution: Foreign crime in Sweden = (Instant unappealed deportation - all Swedish assets accumulated by living in Sweden and cost of deportation)

P.S.- maybe some Mona Sahlin supporters lost property from this, but you can bet that she did not.
02:35 April 20, 2011 by star10
Youth gangs are results of systematic failure in society. Eventhough laws need to provide protection against such gang actions, you can't blame only the youth for such acts. The act is a reflection of some failure in soceity that let the youth feel hopeless.
05:56 April 20, 2011 by Species125
506 schools in Sweden were burned in 2006. Another approximately 500 were burned in 2007. Damages were around 500 miljoner kroner each year.

06:30 April 20, 2011 by 3rdjerseyman
Youth gangs..ha,ha,ha,ha,ha...I thought you people were like Vikings and would at least kick some ass when they came to burn your Volvos and SAABs. Imagine, you are taxing yourselves to import criminal arsonists, theives and rapists. then, if anyone takes notice they are banned as racists.

Surely, this must be a form of mental illness.
07:30 April 21, 2011 by flintis
Don't the Police have guns??

Probably can only use them if they are threatened by a gun or a knife, molotov coktails, 5kg rocks iron bars etc are probably not classed as offensive weapons in Sweden.

Send the morons from Migrationsverket to deal with'em, them, the integration minister, Olof Palme & the sossarna are responsible for the mess, they should sort it out.
12:20 April 21, 2011 by soultraveler3
What do the police in Sweden do??

They never arrest anyone, Their investigations never find or convict anyone. They don't prevent even petty crime from happening. Hell, half the time they don't even show up when called or if they do, it's the next day, after the damage is done.

I'm not even going to go into the whole car / school burning situation. Regardless of who it is doing it, it should've been taken care and brought under control years ago.

The police here are beyond pathetic. All they ever do is hand out tickets and break up the occasional drunken fight.

Keep ignoring the innocent people who need your help, keep allowing criminals to what they please and see what Sweden looks like in 10 years.
14:41 April 21, 2011 by technoviking
@ flintis

Yes, the police have guns.

What they don't have is balls.
19:33 April 21, 2011 by james7
What a pathetic country Sweden is. Keep welcoming these lazy immigrants and pretty soon your cities will look like America's cities. Oh wait, they already do in some places.
23:49 April 21, 2011 by Bungholio777
It's already worse. When do you ever hear about rioting in American cities? Maybe once every 20 years. Deportation is the only solution.
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