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Copenhagen 'ready to help' make Malmö safer

22 Feb 2012, 07:51

Published: 22 Feb 2012 07:51 GMT+01:00

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In a gesture of goodwill, Frank Jensen, the mayor of Copenhagen, has sent a letter to Reepalu, chair of Malmö's municipal council, in which he references the Danish capital's efforts to fight criminality by implementing a “safe city” concept, the Sydsvenskan newspaper reports.

“In light of the fact that we have many common challenges, we're happy to share our experiences and methods with the leaders of Malmö if there is a need for it,” Jensen wrote.

Reepalu has called for a tightening of Sweden's weapons laws as one measure to help reduce violence in in Malmö, which has experienced eight fatal shootings since May 2011.

The wave of violence has left some people calling Malmö “Little Chicago”, in reference to the American city's famed prohibition-era gangster wars, a label about which Reepalu is none to happy.

“Clearly I'm saddened by it. To get stuck with a label like that is really awful,” he told the TT news agency.

“At the same time, I'm a bit bothered by the fact that people forget all big cities struggle with these problems.”

While the Copenhagen mayor said we was willing to lend Malmö a helping hand, he added that the Danish capital could also likely benefit from lessons learned in Sweden.

“I've paid special attention to how Sweden has succeeded to reduce the number of prison sentences and use other methods to minimize the criminal recidivism.”

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09:16 February 22, 2012 by RobinHood
It's beyond embarrasing for the mayor, the city, the police, and the country.
11:30 February 22, 2012 by rise
Maybe it's "asylum seekers" just keeping fighting here instead of in their home countries? Maybe it's native Swedes who can't take it anymore, fighting "asylum seekers"? Maybe it's native Swedes fighting native Swedes? The latter however I don't think there are many people who seriously believes.

I think Sweden now has just began to pay the price for naive politicians' heavily import of those so called "asylum seekers". But to state something like that as a politician would be suicide for ones career. Instead it's all about the usual smiling and pretending.
12:11 February 22, 2012 by johnny1939
Denmark take back Skåne please!!!
12:19 February 22, 2012 by Chickybee
@RobinHood you're so right. Skane was/is such a beautiful part of Sweden.

Multiculturalism on the warpath, ironically turning on the hand that feeds them. How sad that they want to turn Sweden into the Third World they left behind.
12:21 February 22, 2012 by asteriks
IF shooting is done by immigrants, they are not immigrants anymore, they came to Sweden before 30-40 years and they have Swedish citizenship long time already. If they became criminals instead to work in factory, sorry, you are guilty that you didn't want to let them to work so consequently they became criminals. Shooting show that they are not small criminals than big ones, and it is totally unimportant what nationality they have, big criminals are not people who came yesterday in Sweden than long time ago and in the end, big criminals are also Swedish (Hells Angels and similar). In any case, this shooting surely has nothing with asylum seekers, asylum seekers don't get so good money from immigration office so they can only steal food and cloths, they are far away from possibility to shoot anyone, they don't have money to buy gun and they don't have reason to shoot anyone. Just contrary, Swedish Nazi shot immigrants in Malmo.
12:39 February 22, 2012 by Migga
Of course it`s immigrants. And the "Nazi" shooting immigrants in Malmo isn`t ethnic swedish. Nor was the previous shooter in Stockholm during the 90s.

Also I don`t understand why Sweden and it`s people should suffer from what the politicians have decided above the peoples head. The people aren`t told about the reasons because the media is holding hands with the politicians. So they keep putting the same politicians in power.

So the people suffer while the politicians and journalists sit safe in their homes.
13:35 February 22, 2012 by kashmiri81
Headline should be .....

Copenhagen is ready to Take back Malmo :D
14:45 February 22, 2012 by sunnchilde
"Little Chicago"? Are you kidding me? Chicago was a 100,000X worse than you've ever seen. Do you have gangs of men with Tommy Guns spraying automatic weapons fire at civilians and police a-like, killing dozens in just one day? You people have no idea what you're talking about. Try not to embarrass yourselves any further.
16:05 February 22, 2012 by Asimullahkhan
Thats great decision of Denmark, will have good outcomes.. by mutual cooperation..
16:20 February 22, 2012 by Tanskalainen
The Danish Army should just occupy Malmo and string razor wire around Rosengard and burn it.
16:33 February 22, 2012 by karex
I find particularly strange Jensen's comment:

"I've paid special attention to how Sweden has succeeded to reduce the number of prison sentences and use other methods to minimize the criminal recidivism."

Right, so let's make the statistics look even better and reduce recidivism to zero. That's easy to do: just remove all prison terms. If there are no prison terms people cannot be re-arrested because they weren't arrested in the first place.

I know, remove the laws! That way you can bring down crime statistics to zero as well! Wouldn't that look good in the headlines?
16:34 February 22, 2012 by Kublai
I think Denmark, Norway and Finland should send peace-keeping troops to rescue Sweden, because the Swedish government is obviously not going to do it.
16:35 February 22, 2012 by OUIJA
They should change the name of Malmö. I suggest a new name like Malmohammed and then the shootings and the killings would occur in a strange city outside beautiful Sweden. Politicians would be happy and Swedish media will focus more on Carl Bildt. So simple.
18:23 February 22, 2012 by Smiling Canuk
Little Chicago? Isn't little Baghdad a more apt description of Malmo?
19:08 February 22, 2012 by Rod Munch
Calling Malmö Little Chicago is a compliment to Malmö and an insult to Chicago. It's more like Little Mogadishu or Little Iraq. People in Chicago are civilized enough not to attack postmen, police or the fire department. The animals that Sweden has imported are not that civilized.
00:27 February 23, 2012 by Tanskalainen
Malmo rhymes with dildo perhaps that would be more accurate.
06:42 February 23, 2012 by Marc the Texan
The people of Malmo voted for these problems. Democracy in action.
01:46 February 24, 2012 by TheWatchman
@ Marc the Texan

I don't think they expected this...

And calling it 'Little Chicago' would be too nice. Like others have said, it needs a more Arabic name. Like Malmobad or something. Malmoistan. Copenhagen can't do anything here. They should just send the army.
08:57 February 24, 2012 by rise
Denmark would never want to have Skåne back again; why would they want a part of the middle east back?

Make the politicians move to and live inside the "asylum seekers" ghettos. Let them live among those so called "asylum seekers"; they've decided to keep up the import and now it's time to let them suffer the consequences of their own decisions - then let's see how long it'll take before the import drops!
21:45 February 24, 2012 by ramshead
Your Muslim immigrates is like a cancer that is growing and spreading. If you let it continue it will kill Sweden.
11:17 March 18, 2012 by voyagör
What is sure is that my beloved Sweden is just turning like my home country France, its over-generosity with immigration coming from the middle east is only starting to cost it dear ! Wake up ! Stop this naivety, you don't change people still living like we were during the middle ages, stoning to death women and cutting fingers to stealers, just by making them come to your country. Islam today is like chistianity during the crusades. The Danes got it, it's in their interest to help muslim infested and crime ridden Malmö because it's just next door !

Sorry to be so harsh but i just hope you guys won't make our mistakes !
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