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Terror response dominates Social Democrat party conference

Published torsdag 13 april 2017 kl 09.09
Stefan Löfven: There can be no compromises
(1:27 min)
Social democrats holding hands
Prime minister Stefan Löfven at the Social Democrats party congress in Gothenburg. Credit: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

At the Social Democrat's Congress in Gothenburg this week, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman announced that the government will look to hire an additional 10,000 police officers.

A ban on religious practices in classrooms, zero tolerance when it comes to violence against women, and tougher actions against squatters on public lands - These were some of the other proposals adopted by the Social Democrats at their party conference where they decides what policies to pursue in the coming years.

But it was last Friday’s terror attack in central Stockholm that dominated proceedings, as illustrated by the opening statement given by Social Democratic party leader and Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven.

“Some had to look for their loved ones in hospitals, and there are some that never will get to hear the voice of their loved ones again. We will hunt these murderers with the full strength of our Swedish democracy. There can be no compromises,” Löfven insisted, his voice cracking as he struggled to hold back tears.

The biggest announcement from the five-day congress, which wrapped up on Wednesday, came when Anders Ygeman declared that the red-green government will look to hire another 10,000 police officers over the next seven years.

According to Swedish Radio’s political commentator Tomas Ramberg, the announcement is striking since the Social Democrats recently criticized similar proposals to increase the number of police officers offered by the opposition.

“Now the Social Democrats are themselves resorting to the numbers game. It’s an effective way of expressing political ambitions,” Ramberg said.

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