New ID checks prompt protest but majority in favor, according to poll
A new public opinion poll carried out by Sifo indicates that a majority of Swedes favor the new ID checks between Sweden & Denmark. Meanwhile hundreds of people gathered in the Danish capital on Saturday afternoon to protest the ID checks, which started on the fourth of January.
Out of the 1,155 people surveyed between the fourth and seventh of January, almost six in 10, or 59 percent, said they supported the government's decision to institute ID checks at the border between Sweden and Denmark, reports Swedish Television News.
Sifo pollsters asked: "Sweden's government has now instituted ID checks for all travelers on all trains, buses and ferries coming to Sweden over the border from Denmark. Do you think it is good that this measure was taken, or do you think it was bad?"
Three in ten people felt the decision was a bad one, and 66 percent of them said it was because ID checks are a bad way to reduce the flow of refugees into Sweden. Half of the people who did not like the decision said that it caused problems for Swedes and Danes travelling between the two countries.
Opinions in Skåne, where the issue has been much debated, do not differ very much in comparison to Sweden at large. Sixty-two percent of Skåne residents believe the ID checks are good, while 34 percent think they are bad, writes SVT.
On Saturday afternoon, a demonstration took place at the Copenhagen airport of Kastrup, to protest the ID checks. News agency TT's photographer estimated that a few hundred people participated in the demonstration.
Stellan Lindell, a local politician with the Green party in Alingsås, Sweden, who initiated the protest, told TT that the goal was to protest the government's decision to institute ID checks, which he feels curtail the right to seek asylum. On the national level, his party is in a coalition government with the Social Democrats.
Those who protested did not show their IDs on the train to Sweden and were not let through. For the most part, the action was peaceful, but it became a little tumultuous, TT reports, when some of the demonstrators tried to get past the ID checks.