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Billström's apology 'not enough': Löfven

19 Mar 2013, 13:16

Published: 19 Mar 2013 13:16 GMT+01:00

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According to Löfven, the apology Billström offered on Monday after a storm of criticism over comments made to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper is not enough.

"The criticism directed toward Billström is warranted. Now it's up to the head of the government to explain how things stand," Löfven told reporters, demanding that Reinfeldt "steer clear" of categorizing people according to hair and skin colour.

Löfven argued that several recent statements from the ruling Moderate Party raised questions about the stance of the party and its representatives on migration issues.

Specifically, Löfven pointed to statements made by Billström earlier this year arguing that Sweden should reduce the "volume" of immigration, as well as the migration minister's "blonde and blue-eyed" formulation in discussing who generally helps immigrants who try to hide in Sweden illegally.

"We can't differentiate people by their skin and hair colour," he said, adding that it wasn't up to him to decide whether or not Billström should be sacked.

"That's up to the head of government," Löfven added.

"But you can't just gloss over it, there's been too much of it."

When asked about the Social Democrats' position on immigration, Löfven said his party was not at odds with the government when it came to deporting people who have had their asylum applications rejected.

He added that, while it wasn't his position to comment on what the police should prioritize, officers shouldn't be hunting people in the Stockholm metro system based on their appearance.

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13:59 March 19, 2013 by RobinHood
Is this the same Stefan Löfven who gaves his full support to the disgusting Mayor Reepalu? Or a different Stefan Löfven?
14:28 March 19, 2013 by TG22
"We can't differentiate people by their skin and hair colour,"

I see, so you completely disagree with positive discrimination then, don't you?
14:31 March 19, 2013 by Mo
hair and Eye colour surely
14:42 March 19, 2013 by Terri85
Mass about nothing, he just told the truth.
15:02 March 19, 2013 by AquamanUK

Why is this happening, just because a pot called the kettle Black?

When stating the facts and a person is ostracised - that is CENSORSHIP - and WRONG.

Stating FACTS as they exist, stating the Truth, he should be PROMOTED!
15:19 March 19, 2013 by Frobobbles
B-b-blue eyes, such a terrible thing. I must go and get colored lenses.
16:00 March 19, 2013 by johan rebel
Billström has nothing whatsover to apologize for.
16:22 March 19, 2013 by TG22
As I said before the police wasn't using racial profiling but only paying attention to the description of the suspects...
16:38 March 19, 2013 by Svensksmith
It's enough for me.
17:00 March 19, 2013 by liondens
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17:43 March 19, 2013 by Khazara

A society functions by facilitating healthy relationships between its citizens; and as long as that society does not disenfranchise too many; a society / country can function well.


While the Swedish Travel Market företag are free to alienate 80% percent of the population by promoting a false idea of Sweden, oops!!;

(The country has very few people with Blond hair and blue eyes [not counting those that BLEACH their hair]; sure some of the children may have the blue eyes; but the blonde hair, 90% of the time turns brown by the time the children reach 7).

Psst!! The Swedish government should not follow their lead.

However, (yeeeeaah!) as an African I have no problem with the attitude that is being projected by politicians since I don't have a "dog in this fight" (hooray!!). I have no children [Phew!! Thank god I stood my ground by not getting any of these Swedish women pregnant. {Funny that so many white women are open to having mulatto babies in such a racist country? Anyway, that's a different story}]

I am staying no longer than I need to 3 more years, Yippie!! . I just know that Sweden's reputation has taken a huge hit to those of us who can tell it apart from Switzerland. Not too many educated people want to come to country with z-list cities that are not diversified; located in a cold climate (brr!!) and passively racist.

March on Sweden!

Since the world will march pass you. Zing!!
20:46 March 19, 2013 by Max Reaver

Well said!
10:08 March 20, 2013 by matressmonkey
To whatever white person is pretending to be black above. Black people are not dorks and they are not goofballs. Black people don't say muahaha, yeeeah, zing and they certainly don't say yippee!! Little white boys on the computer in mama's basement say that.
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