It is a good thing that Sweden is “the world’s most democratic country” or one could think they might be in trouble:
Passengers on Stockholm’s metro fled Tensta station in panic on Wednesday evening after someone threw a tear gas bomb into the ticket hall, filling it with smoke. Security guards patrolling the station in the northern suburb of Stockholm raised the alarm at around 7pm. The object is thought to have been thrown into the station from Tensta square. At 7.50 pm train traffic between Rinkeby and Hjulsta was stopped for the rest of the evening.
Last year I reported that inhabitants of Tensta complained that their neighborhood has become too dangerous to raise children and that citizens wear bulletproof vests there. Even Nalin Pekgul, a Muslim immigrant and a well-known Swedish social democrat, left Tensta. “Someone always has to meet me at the subway station if I arrive home late,” she said. Pekgul also noted that radical Islamists were taking over the neighborhood.
Last May, Ylva Törnlund visited several schools in Tensta and was alarmed by the harsh atmosphere there. “The attitudes we meet in the schools are frightening. One boy talked about how girls should be f**ked to pieces until they bleed,” Törnlund said. She decided to visit the area after a rape that took place in a public bath nearby in broad daylight. A 17-year-old girl was raped, and none of the other guests did anything to stop this.
Christopher Caldwell wrote several articles about the topic, including one in The New York Times in February 2006 called Islam on the Outskirts of the Welfare State. Visting the Stockholm immigrant suburb of Rinkeby, Caldwell asked whether something like the French riots of the fall of 2005, with burning cars and rampaging gangs, could happen in Sweden. “Absolutely,” said one lanky boy near the window. “People burn cars here all the time. Not because they’re angry – because they think it’s fun.”
As I wrote here earlier this week, a 2004 opinion poll revealed that 50% of all Swedes want a more restrictive immigration policy. In 2006, Sweden’s population has grown considerably, with immigration being the main source of the growth. Meanwhile, many indigenous Swedes are leaving. During the past five years Sweden witnessed the largest emigration in its history since the peak of the immigration to the USA a century ago. Common reasons cited for leaving are rampant crime and poor political leadership. At the same time, Sweden receives a large amount of immigrants from Third World nations every year. Is this population replacement profitable for Sweden?
According to writer Mats Wahl, arson attacks on Swedish schools cost more than 300 million kroner each year. An unofficial survey among 52 Swedish municipalities indicated that at least 114 school arsons were registered so far in 2006, but accurate numbers were hard to come by because the problem has been hushed down by the authorities.