Malmö sees first month in three years without a shooting

March was the first month in more than three years without a shooting reported in the city of Malmö, fuelling hopes that its long wave of tit-for-tat killings may have peaked.

Malmö sees first month in three years without a shooting
Police cordon off an area in Rosengård after a shooting on New Years' Eve 2018. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
According to police statistics obtained by state broadcaster Sveriges Radio, September 2015 was the last calendar month in the city with no reports of guns being fired. 
“We have just had an extraordinary number of shooting in 2016, 2017 and even over a part of 2018,” Jonas Karlberg, head of Malmö police's serious crimes unit, told the radio broadcaster.  “So obviously to the extent that there's no shooting in Malmö, we're extremely pleased.” 
The good news has not continued into April, however, with a shooting taking place on April 10th at a house in Rosengård, although no one was injured. 
There have been just six recorded shootings so far this year in the city, with no one so far killed or injured in the attacks. 
This comes in contrast to 2018, which was the deadliest year to date in the city's gang war, with no fewer than 12 people shot dead, and four shootings in just 24 hours on November 8th. Ten people were shot dead in 2017. 
Manne Gerell, Associate Professor of Criminology at Malmö University, told The Local it was too early to tell whether the city was at a turning point. 
“Obviously it's good to see that there are no shootings at the moment, but it's a bit too soon to put any interpretations on it,” he said.
He said, however, that the police's Stop Shooting or Sluta Skjut programme might have played a role in declining rates of gun violence. 
“It's certainly possible. That programme has produced reductions in gun violence in other cities where it's been tested,” he said. “But it could just be coincidence, or it could be having more people in prison, finally.” 

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Swedish court to hear young people’s climate lawsuit against the state

Three hundred young people including activist Greta Thunberg will get to make their case after a Swedish court agreed to hear their lawsuit accusing the state of climate inaction.

Swedish court to hear young people's climate lawsuit against the state

The lawsuit, the first of its kind in the Scandinavian country, was originally filed in November 2022 by the organisation Aurora.

It argued the state “needs to do its fair share of the global work to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels”.

In its lawsuit, the group demanded the state take action to limit climate-heating greenhouse gas emissions and examine just how far it could reduce them within the limits of what is “technically and economically feasible in Sweden”.

The Nacka district court said it had given the state three months to respond to the lawsuit and that, depending on the parties’ pleas and positions, the case could either be taken to trial or handled through written procedure.

“At present, the district court cannot give a forecast as to when the case may be finalised or when it may be necessary to hold hearings in the case,” it said.

Climate activist Thunberg, who was one of the original signatories of the lawsuit, on Monday denounced an “unprecedented betrayal” from those in power after the United Nations’ climate panel warned the world was set to cross the key 1.5-degree global warming limit in about a decade.

She accuses them of living in “denial”.

In recent years, a growing number of organisations and citizens have turned to the courts to criticise what they say is government inaction on the climate.

In December 2019, the Dutch supreme court ordered the government to slash greenhouse gases by at least 25 percent by 2020, in a landmark case brought by an environmental group.

In a similar case in France, more than two million citizens took the French state to court for failing to act against climate change.