Observing Sweden – Rosengård 10 August 2016


Malmö sees spike in summer car burnings

A burned-out car in Malmö. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Malmö sees spike in summer car burnings

Published: 10 Aug 2016 07:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Aug 2016 09:15 GMT+02:00

According to numbers from the southern branch of Sweden’s fire and rescue service reported in newspaper Sydsvenskan, 64 vehicles were set alight in the region between June 1st and August 9th.

Around half of those fires took place in Rosengård, a Malmö district with a reputation for social problems and gang-related issues. Almost all of the car burnings were deemed to be intentional.

“The figure is higher than normal when it comes to vehicle fires. It’s a worrying trend we’re seeing now,” Ulf Nilsson, a manager a South Rescue Service told daily Svenska Dagbladet.

Emergency services also said that the fires themselves are not necessarily difficult to tackle, but they could distract from other call-outs elsewhere.

Five cars were burned on Monday, four of which occurred in Rosengård and one in Kroksbäck in the west of the city. That was followed by a further three burnings in the two districts on Tuesday.

Last night meanwhile several more cars were set alight, with Sydsvenskan reporting that as many as seven burned between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

In Rosengård, two cars were set on fire in a parking garage, with two young people seen leaving the site on a moped, according to Skåne police.

A spokesperson for the local police insisted however that the problem was not exclusive to that suburb.

“Too many cars have been burned in a short time. But it isn’t only in Rosengård that it’s happening, that must be stressed,” Ewa-Gun Westford said to SvD.

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 – Rosengård 10 August 2016

  1. Gyslaine L. says:

    we have this problem in France too 🙂

  2. GP Cox says:

    Does anyone know what kind of statement they’re making with all this?

    • Not me. I think it’s just unhappy people doing what the did in thier homland.
      A display of anger avaiable to them. What can the polise do …really. What would be politically corect?

      • GP Cox says:

        Whoa! I’m the last one to ask about politically correct. I feel like no matter what I say – it’s wrong to someone, someplace, somehow!!

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