Swedish police probe New Year sex assaults

Swedish police probe New Year sex assaults

Fourteen women have reported being assaulted over New Year in the southern Swedish city of Kalmar, but police are playing down comparisons with the mass attacks in Cologne in Germany.
Police in the Baltic city told Swedish newswire TT on Friday that they had arrested a 15-year-old boy and a man aged 20 on suspicion of having molested a number of women in the early hours of January 1st.

The news agency suggested that seven potential victims had initially come forward, with others contacting police later in the week.

No further information about the alleged perpetrators’ identities or ethnic backgrounds were revealed, as is standard practice in Swedish investigations.
(Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet has dared to mention, perpetrators did not speak Swedish.)

At least seven of the attacks are understood to have taken place in Larmtorget bar in central Kalmar.

“We saw the whole picture a few days ago,” Johan Bruun, a police spokesman told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“We currently have at least 14 plaintiffs,” he added.

News of the alleged assaults emerged amid global headlines about 121 sexual assaults in the German city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve. Police chiefs are accused of attempting to hide asylum seekers’ involvement in the reported crimes, following reports that witnesses saw a large group of men understood to be of Arab or north African appearance, appearing to harass women.

But Swedish officers have been quick to brush off any comparisons with the mass attacks in Germany.


About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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2 Responses to Swedish police probe New Year sex assaults

  1. authorjim says:

    This report has all the earmarks of planned false claims. Whether to cause excitement, create indignation or some other reason only the initiators would know. Of course, whenever something like this comes up there are others who are eager to get in on the publicity by making their own false claims.

    • @ Jim
      Yes, it’s interesting.
      On the other hand, the exact same thing happened to my wife one time on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco, in a very tightly packed crowd where we could barely move.
      Maybe it happens everywhere, and always has?
      It will be interesting to see what happens next.

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