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Gang rivalry leading to more violence: police

The Local/dl · 1 Jun 2011, 09:04

Published: 01 Jun 2011 09:04 GMT+02:00

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"Conflicts erupt over the criminal territories in the markets people are trying to enter, whether its drugs or extortion," Klas Friberg of the Sweden's National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalpolisen) told Sveriges Radio (SR).

Since the start of the year, there have been more than 20 shootings in Gothenburg and Malmö alone, many with clear connections to criminal gangs.

New measures to fight organised crime in Sweden have given police a more far-reaching picture of the problem.

In addition to conflicts between established gangs like the Outlaws, Hells Angels, and Bandidos, police have also seen a rise in new gangs based in the suburbs which have lead to increasing competition between the rival groups.

According to Friberg, the new gangs are ready to use "unproportionately extreme violence" to gain share of the criminal market.

Tension between criminal factions isn't restricted to Sweden's large cities either.

Håkan Stenbäck, a police chief in Linköping in central Sweden told SR that the situation in his city has changed "quite quickly" in the last year.

Police are now looking into what may lie behind the growth in suburban gangs in Sweden.

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"In some way, I think that all of us in society need to think about how we raise young men," said Friberg.

The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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09:27 June 1, 2011 by occassional
"In some way, I think that all of us in society need to think about how we raise young men," said Friberg.

Ahem...or what sort of young men we import and why.
12:09 June 1, 2011 by isenhand
families form just one dimension, and a small one at that, of a series of interconnected factors involved in the behavioural development of children. We should really look at many different aspects of society. When we do that, I think, we should see why we have a increase in gang violence.

We should see an increase in other social problems such as drugs and alcohol abuse among others, due to the way society has changed since the early 1990s.
13:51 June 1, 2011 by Syftfel
This is not fair!!! If you want to know what "journalistic spinning" is, this is a textbook example. Not one word is uttered about the impact the social democrats' open door immigration policy has had on the rising tsunami of violent crime in Sweden. With the fish wrap of record, aftonbladet, leading the pack, this is how you spin, cheat, lie, leave out truths, and steer the reader away from the inconvenient facts. Let the truth be known, that journalists by and large is a leftist, socialistic infiltrated, cabal with ulterior motives. May noone in Sweden ever be afraid to speak the truth. And let's also ditch the vile political correctness in favor of veracity.
14:05 June 1, 2011 by jack sprat
Quite right Syftfel, and the longer they bury their heads in the sand the worse the situation will get.

Sweden must be a gangsters idea of paradise at present.
14:29 June 1, 2011 by swedejane
omg...you guys complain about "journalistic spinning"...and while The Local really is crap journalism...you all are hypocrites for doing the very thing you accuse others of. Please, provide some facts...correlation is not causation. Until you do present actual facts, and not just anecdotes about how nice and lilly-white everything was 20 years ago, you should really keep a more open mind about the true nature of the problem and the solution.
15:05 June 1, 2011 by Syftfel
@swedejane: Well then, the anonymously written, story could have said "contrary to what many think there is no evidence that immigration has anything to do with torrential crime wave currently holding Sweden in its iron grip", or words to similar effect. But to simply leave it with no mention is offensive.
15:53 June 1, 2011 by swedejane

Since when are the Outlaws, Hells Angels, and Bandidos an "immigrant" problem???
17:40 June 1, 2011 by bramblebush
How do you say Hells Angels in Lebonese?
22:37 June 1, 2011 by dstone
That's what you get for giving violent crime a velvet glove treatment.
22:50 June 1, 2011 by Ivan Juric
Im in Australia and was in Sweden last year. I was pleased to see that motorcycle gangs were not as common in Sweden as they are here. Most of the motorcycle gangs in Australia are now made up of Lebanese and Polynesians as they have no qualm about committing murder and breaking bones. Most of the social problems/crime that I saw in Stockholm was definately not by the natives.
05:22 June 2, 2011 by Grokh
Simple kill them all now before they grow larger and we become the new mexico -_-x
09:55 June 2, 2011 by isenhand

My argument that the social changes that have come in since the collapse of the Swedish Model in the 1990s leads to a society with more social problems largely comes from Prof. Richard Wilkinson's research (and others).

see: http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/

Also, have a look at :


I suspect, if we keep the current government's policies, we should see things getting worse in Sweden.
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