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Teens' savage attack 'may have been filmed'

The Local/og · 3 Apr 2012, 10:20

Published: 03 Apr 2012 10:20 GMT+02:00

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On Sunday, four of the seven teens believed to have viciously attacked a 61-year-old man two weeks ago in Gothenburg were ordered held on remand, while the victim is still fighting for his life in hospital.

The boys, who are aged between 15 and 16, were ordered held on suspicion of aggravated assault in the beating of 61-year-old Carl-Eric Cedvander, who was left unconscious in a fountain in a town square.

Another three younger boys who were involved have been taken into custody by social services due to their age, but remain suspected of having a role in the attack.

On Tuesday, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported that video surveillance cameras may have captured the event, with the tapes having been collected by police in hopes they will provide them with a better understanding what happened in the beating, which has has left Cedvander hovering between life and death in a coma ever since.

The attack, which occurred in Kortedala Torg on March 18th, has left other residents embittered and calling for action, and police are concerned that talks of a demonstration against violence may boil over into an anti-immigrant protest.

"We see that racist websites blame foreigners in general after what happened. It makes me angry, and we need to monitor developments carefully," said the police's Bertil Claesson to Aftonbladet.

"Protests against violence are good, a sign of health, but we don't want it to become a protest out of hatred."

The fountain in the square where the attack took place has been turned into a makeshift memorial for Cedvander, as Gothenburg residents have reacted strongly to the attacks, but also against the onlookers who allegedly did little to help.

While witness reports suggest that the matter was over in a matter of minutes, bystanders did little more than yell at the gang of teens.

The four boys, who all attend Hjällbo high school, denied initial suspicions of attempted murder.

However, one of the teens has admitted to certain aspects of the attack.

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"He admits that he used a certain amount of violence, but said the man attacked him first," the boy's lawyer, Per Söderberg, told the Göteborgs Tidning (GT) newspaper.

Formal charges are expected to be filed against the boys by April 13th.

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11:59 April 3, 2012 by libertarianism
In August 2010, a 16-year-old boy in Västerås was sentenced for violently murdering his girlfriend whom they both believed to be pregnant with his child. He was also sentenced for theft of a computer from a 13-year-old whom he also threatened to kill should the 13-year-old report the theft to police.

For murder, theft, and death threats, the 16-year-old was sentenced to *three* years in a youth home. And if I remember correctly, he and his family members were all given permanent residence permits because it was considered unfair that court proceedings might interfere with their developing residency status.

What can we expect in Göteborg?

12:08 April 3, 2012 by saar
"Protests against violence are good, a sign of health, but we don't want it to become a protest out of hatred."

Is there anything to love them for?
12:17 April 3, 2012 by Localer
idiot useless immigrant!!
14:11 April 3, 2012 by Rishonim
beaten a 61-year-old into a coma as bystanders looked on. Typical Swedish vehaviour. Stand on the sideline while a 61 yo man is beating to a thread of his life. Afraid of getting involved, afraid to speaking their mind because of fear of being labeled this or that. Afraid to speak while allowing tugs to take over their safety net. Afraid, Afraid, Afraid. Now we have this poor guy fighting for his life and noone will come to his aid. Not even the useless justice system. If he is lucky enough to pull through, I am sure the system will blame him for going out from his home at that time and date.
14:19 April 3, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
There is a very good reason for stereotypes, and sure enough these fit it. Can you imagine the environment and culture of Sweden in a few years as the immigrants become the majority??? Which they surely will on current statistics of immigration and births.
14:56 April 3, 2012 by RobinHood
"Can you imagine the environment and culture of Sweden in a few years as the immigrants become the majority? "

It is not necessary to imagine, it's easy to find large areas of Sweden's inner cities where immigrants are the majority.

It's way too late for native Swedes to even consider the pros and cons of immigration into Sweden. Such a question in the mainstream media brings a torrent of abuse, and accusations of racism. Politicians avoid the issue for the same reason. Unrestricted immigration is a done deal. Swedes were never asked for their opinion, and never will be. Supposedly respectable Political parties now even tailor their policies to suit a huge non-Swedish proportion of the electorate; the persecution of Jews has suddenly become respectable again in Sweden.

The debate now should be how native Swedes deal with unrestricted immigration into Sweden. Until now, the solution has been to move out; Rosengård, Angered and Södertälja were not always the way they are now. Is this really the best way to suddenly absorb hundreds of thousands of immigrants into a small population? Once again, even the consideration of such a question is deemed to be racist, and this issue too goes undebated.

In this post, I have not once stated an opinion whether immigration into Sweden is a good thing or a bad thing. I have lamented the deliberate and continuing absence of debate on the subject.
16:26 April 3, 2012 by strixy
""We see that racist websites blame foreigners in general after what happened. It makes me angry, and we need to monitor developments carefully," said the police's Bertil Claesson to Aftonbladet."

Oh my! So anyone pointing out that the majority of offenders are of foreign origin is a racist yes? Since when pointing out the facts is racist? The social engineering project has FAILED. Get over it and stop denying the truth.
18:33 April 3, 2012 by Rod Munch
Wait! But they told us that the 2nd and 3rd generations would be the ones who would be fully integrated! This can't be true! The story must be false and whoever reporting this must be racist. Those cameras that recorded this are just racist too. Yeah, that's it.
19:13 April 3, 2012 by dizzymoe33
It is amazing that people just stand there allowing this to happen to another human being!! It is disgusting. In the States as a bystander to a crime you the bystander can be held accountable if you do nothing to intervene on the helpless persons behalf.
19:29 April 3, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Many posters are angry that no one intervened, but it would have required a decision by many people to act together in order to stop a gang beating, and remember that this gang had no qualms about beating someone nearly to death, so anyone who intervened alone or with insufficient numbers might have faced the same fate.

In the USA many 14 and 15 year olds are on death row. Many will argue that this is too severe, but the Swedish option, to instantly forgive and protect all violent criminals up to the age of 16 from any and all consequences for their homicidal behaviour, and to also have a sub-adult category up to 21 years of age where murdurers face comparatively trivial sentences vs. what they would face in normal democracies, is of no help in keeping our streets safe. Sweden continues to earn the label of being the land of rights without responsibilities.
21:39 April 3, 2012 by bcterry
"In the USA many 14 and 15 year olds are on death row."

"Supreme Court Ends Death Penalty for Juveniles"

The Supreme Court on Tuesday abolished the death penalty for convicted killers who committed their crimes before the age of 18. The court ruling, closely divided at 5-to-4, affects 72 people in 20 states. The practice will also be banned for any future crimes.

Executions for those 15 and younger when they committed their crimes were outlawed in 1988. Tuesday's ruling prevents states from making 16- and 17-year-olds eligible for execution.

The executions, the court said, violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

"The age of 18 is the point where society draws the line for many purposes between childhood and adulthood. It is, we conclude, the age at which the line for death eligibility ought to rest," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion."
21:51 April 3, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
@ bcterry

Right you are. My information was out of date.

However I stand by the essence of my two points, namely that:

- intervening would have been dangerous (among other things this gang could have been armed with knives, or handguns).

- The Swedish so called justice system is extremely lenient toward violent criminals, possibly the most lenient on Earth. In many nations a 16 year old can be tried as an adult, whereas in Sweden the concept of being an adult does not start until one is 21, and even after 21 the jail terms and fines that accompany guilty verdicts are laughably trivial. Accordingly there is insufficient disincentive here to either kill someone, or to injure them to the point where their life will be ruined.
22:21 April 3, 2012 by me_i_sverige
If main stream parties does not come effectively against these sort of things, people will turn towards SverigesDemokraterna as an option. This has what happened in Denmark. Dansk Folkeparti is 3rd largest party. I think there should be provision of reward and punishment. An immigrant committing serious crime should be deported. This might not help to bring down crime sharply but it will act as strong deterrent. Otherwise, these main stream parties should expect to see Sverigesdemokraterna as one of the main party pretty soon.
22:35 April 3, 2012 by bcterry
21:51 April 3, 2012 by Reason abd Realism

@ bcterry

Right you are. My information was out of date."

That supreme court ruling for 16-17 year olds was established in 2005.

However, there are many juvenile lifers, but there is now a revue in process that may make them eligible for parole after 25 years.

Those are still very stiff penalties, as they should be.

I agree with all the rest of your post.

00:02 April 4, 2012 by george wells
Africa isnt trying to make itself nonblack via a policy of mass non-black immigration and assimilation

Asia isnt trying to make itself non-Asian via a policy of mass non-Asian immigration and assimilation

But EVERY white country has the policy of mass non-white immigration and assimilation, yet no white country ever voted to become a non-white country

Anti-whites want all white countries to be blended, brown countries: white genocide via mass non-white immigration and assimilation.

there would not be immigrant problems if third world immigrants were not forced upon all white countries.
00:10 April 4, 2012 by Investor612
I'm not surprised at all that bystanders watched and did nothing. Throughout western civilization the natives are bystanders who watch and do nothing as their culture is hijacked. They are complacent with their womb to the tomb welfare states, for the moment. In the future we'll see how willing Abdul and Mohammad are to pay for the healthcare and 25 years of retirement for Magnus and Karl.

In essence they are being outprocreated. They replace the babies they can't be bothered to have with immigration. If the newcomers are from groups/cultures amenable to assimilation, it strengthens the society. But in much of Europe that isn't the case.
02:27 April 4, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
@george wells Exactly. It makes me sick seeing white European countries become brown. Immigration of people who are not like your native population only leads to incidents like this. I wish all these scum were deported immediately.
08:30 April 4, 2012 by Happy Expat
It's pointless blaming the "bystanders" for their inactivity.

We have had a case here in Dalarna where a bystander who intervened, was prosecuted and convicted, because he struck the yob twice. Apparently, breaking the jaw of a scumbag in the middle of his own assault on somebody much smaller is unacceptable, because scumbag was not actually engaged in a physical assault on the bystander.

Screwed if you do, Screwed if you don't.
00:38 April 5, 2012 by mafketis
Ethnic Swedes are cowards, pure and simple.

They'll lose their country and culture because they're afraid of hurting anyone's feelings.

Kind of pathetic when you think about it.
07:44 April 6, 2012 by budaboy
The headline should read..

" Racial motivated hate attack by 7 immigrant teens on 61 yr. old Swedish infidel may have been filmed "

But calling a spade a spade in Sweden is something we're not supposed to do, right?
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