Police cordon off hospital after mystery powder find

Police cordoned off the entrance to a hospital in Gothenburg after a man arrived with an unknown powder on his body on Monday morning.

However, the barriers were lifted after three hours when the powder was found to be harmless.

The emergency entrance to Gothenburg’s Östra hospital was closed off to the public shortly after 11am on Monday after a man arrived with a mystery powder on him.

“A man has called the emergency services explaining that he handled a chemical subject and felt influenced by it,” explained Ulla Brehm of the Gothenburg police to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“We don’t know how serious it is. For safety’s sake, we will handle this as if it is something that we don’t want to spread.”

Meanwhile, gas-masked police were on the scene quickly, where they proceeded to keep guard for three hours, before packing up before 2pm, when it was discovered that the powder was not dangerous.

“The operation is over. The police work will continue a little to find out the circumstances surrounding the issue. This means that the powder was not dangerous, in any case,” said Brehm.

The Västra Götaland police explained on their website that the man had come into contact with the substance his workplace in Hisingen, in Gothenburg’s north-west, which was immediately evacuated.

The man’s current condition remains unknown, as do further details regarding the mystery powder.

TT/The Local/og

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Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Green Party and Left Party have managed to oust the right-wing Moderates from power in Gothenburg, despite failing to strike a coalition deal with the Centre Party.

Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Left Party and Green Party will now take over the municipality with Jonas Attenius, group leader for the Social Democrats in the city, becoming the new mayor.

“We three parties are ready to together take responsibility for leading Gothenburg,” Attenius wrote to TT. “I am looking forward immensely to leading Gothenburg in the coming years.” 

The three parties will lead a minority government, with 40 out of 81 mandates, meaning it will dependent on mandates from the Centre Party to pass proposals. 

The three parties had hoped to bring the Centre Party into the coalition, but talks fell apart on Monday,  October 24th. 

“We our going into opposition, but our goal is to be an independent, liberal force, which can negotiate both to the left and to the right,” the party’s group leader in Gothenburg, Emmyly Bönfors told the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper. 

The end of talks in Gothenburg leave the Social Democrats leading coalition governments in all three of Sweden’s major cities, with Karin Wanngård appointed Mayor of Stockholm on October 17th. 

The Social Democrats had unbroken control in Malmö since 1994, after they regained power from the Moderates, who controlled the city from 1991-1994, and also from 1985-1988.