In a foreign nation, teens as young as 14 have recently roamed the streets, wearing military-style body armor and carrying AK variant rifles, causing fear in the neighborhoods. But this isn’t happening in some African nation, nor even in the third world; this is the reality of living in Sweden in late 2017 and early 2018, and it seems Sweden might even need the Swedish military to respond to it.
‘Immigrant gangs’ are running rampant in Sweden, according to local government and news sources, and citizens are afraid, to say the least. According to local polling, 36 percent of Swedish women are terrified and feel unsafe at night. Violent crimes, sexual crimes, and most other crimes have increased ever since the country began taking in ‘refugees’ from Islamic nations, and the situation seems set to deteriorate further if there is no intervention.
Police are incapable of dealing with the surge in violence, and ‘immigrant gangs’ are not afraid of the police at all. On Wednesday night, a police station in Malmo was hit with an explosive device, one that shook windows miles away. Ahmad, a 53-year-old who lives in the area, told reporters that he “knew it was a bomb again.”
The types of crime surging are consistent with what is usually considered to be related to Muslim ‘refugees’ moving into an area, including sexual crimes, such as rape and sexual assault, as well as a sharp rise in violent crime. This crime has risen at explosive rates since 2015 when Sweden began to take in ‘refugees’ from Islamic countries. The rise in these crimes is localized to neighborhoods that Sweden calls “areas of social exclusion,” a euphemism that is meant to describe neighborhoods populated mostly by immigrants, such as Rosengard (where the bombing occurred).
Though some leftists and liberals might attempt to describe these neighborhoods as ‘ghettos,’ the reality could not be further from the truth. In many ways, these neighborhoods are as good or better than neighborhoods around them, and infrastructure and services in neighborhoods like Rosengard are better than in many other areas of the city populated by native-born citizens. However, these neighborhoods suffer from the common problems caused by Muslim immigration, including unusually high crime rates and unemployment.
Even Swedish politicians, once lauded for their liberal immigration policies, are no longer willing to look the other way on the ‘immigrant gang’ problem in Sweden. Social Democrat prime minister Stefan Lofven said that he was more than ready to see military deployed to the streets of his country to “stamp out” the ‘organized crime’ problem on its streets. In response, a bomb went off in front of a piece of private property in Malmo, showing that the ‘organized crime’ organizations did not much care for the threat.
Even police officers are no longer able to ignore the problem that their country has with violent crime from immigrants. Zoran Markovic, the former chief of community policing in the immigrant neighborhood of Rosengard, pointed out that “we have really reached the bottom: people use machine guns and hand grenades — they want to kill.” Markovic is the son of immigrants himself, born of Serbian parents, and a decorated officer of the Swedish Police. He currently works out of a newly built and fortified station in Rosengard, after the locker room he once used in the old building was lit up in a drive-by shooting.
According to Markovic, the situation has become much worse in the last two years. He feels that he and his fellow officers are spread too thin and that the police are often forced to choose between investigating rapes and sexual assaults or investigating ‘organized crime’ or ‘gang-related activities’ in Rosengard.
For years, it has been considered a faux pas in Sweden to draw a link between the increase in crime and the influx of Muslim immigrants. Tino Sanandaji, a Swedish economist who came from Iran/Kurdistan, recently wrote a bestselling book about the failure of Sweden to integrate its newest arrivals into the nation’s culture and society. He freely admits that he has been attacked by leftists for daring to suggest such a failure, saying that “the attacks would have ended my career had I been a white ethnic Swede.”
Indeed, it is hard to find quotes from Sweden pointing to WHICH ‘immigrant gangs’ are committing crimes. Sweden has taken in immigrants from many nations, after all, including the Balkans, many Slavic nations, and even African and Asian nations. However, the rise in crime and violence coincides nicely with the increase in immigration from Muslim nations, including Lebanon, Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan, and other Islamic nations.
Sweden’s immigration woes should only serve to confirm that unchecked immigration from the third world is not a net positive and that allowing people to immigrate en masse from a nation that does not share the values of the nation they’re moving to is not the wisest of policies. Europe is quickly finding out that the EU’s plan to allow millions of immigrants from the Muslim world into their countries is detrimental to their continued operation.