Observing Sweden – Malmö Urged

Excerpt From: TheLocal.se

Published: 11 Apr 2016 07:16 GMT+02:00

Malmö urged to crack down on radicalism


Sweden’s national co-ordinator against extremism has criticized Malmö for not doing enough to stop jihadism, after a 23-year-old from the city was arrested by Belgian police on terror suspicions.

Osama Krayem, a Swedish national, was one of the five men arrested in police raids on Friday alongside Mohammed Abrini, one of the chief suspects in the deadly attacks on Brussels airport.The 23-year-old is the son of Syrian exiles from Rosengård in Malmö, where football legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic also grew up, a troubled suburb with a reputation for crime and ethnic segregation.

Mona Sahlin, who has been appointed by the government to develop and implement a national strategy to counter extremism, accused the southern city of having closed its eyes to warning signs.

“There are no municipalities which can guarantee that no resident will go to join a terrorist movement, but Malmö belongs to those municipalities that should have an action plan and a strategy,” Mona Sahlin told Swedish public broadcaster SVT.

She added that civic institutions such as the police, social services and schools need to work closely together with preventative work to detect people at risk of becoming radicalized at an early stage.

“If a person goes so far in their extremism that they are ready to blow themselves up, it is incredibly difficult to defend yourself against that. But finding that person in time before they have been radicalized is possible, and that’s why preventative work at council level is so important,” she said.

But a Malmö councilor hit back at Sahlin on Monday.

“I don’t understand her criticism,” Andreas Schönström, who represents the center-left Social Democrat party in the city, told the TT news wire.

“There are very few evidence-based methods for how to reach individuals. We have plenty of knowledge when it comes to working on a society and group level, but we have a hard time reaching the individuals,” he said.

Belgian prosecutors, who spent the weekend questioning Krayem and several other suspects, said on Saturday that he is the man caught on surveillance cameras speaking briefly to Khalid El Bakraoui moments before the latter blew himself up in a subway station in Brussels on March 22nd. They told the AFP news wire that Krayem is the product of a “now classic cocktail of social marginalization, ideological radicalization” and criminality.

In Malmö, people close to him described him as an ordinary but idle young man from a working class neighborhood who took part in petty crime in between bouts of drug taking and worship.

But they also described how he adopted more radical values and grew his beard in the months before leaving for Syria to allegedly wage jihad in 2015. Before he left, he had “tried to recruit” worshipers attending the same mosque, Ranstorp said.

In my opinion:

As far as I have been able to learn, only 1 in 4 immigrants are able to find work here. They end up 7 to a room in ghettos like Rosengård where police don’t dare to go, and turn to crime and drugs – of course. This happens everywhere in the world where there is poverty and desperation, regardless of race. Still more incoming here in Europe. It doesn’t look like an invasion until fences go up. Children are used as shields. See Greece. Sweden is doing its best, at staggering expense. No end in sight.

A few Swedes continue to travel to Syria to train with radial groups, and are allowed to return. Hard to understand this. Maybe authorities are unaware of reasons? Why would anyone want to spend a month or two in Syria? They give false travel destinations I suppose. If only one in a thousand immigrants become terrorists, that would mean about 300 are here already.  Just sayin’.


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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4 Responses to Observing Sweden – Malmö Urged

  1. ..and according to news from RT a Muslim school in Malmo has been torched

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