Police Increase Politician Protection
The newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” reports that the Swedish police will be greatly increasing their protection of politicians during the period before next September’s elections here.
The head of the police Security Service tells the newspaper that they expect the campaign to create hot feelings and personal attacks, which can increase the risks for individual politicians. The number of guards assigned to politicians is being increased by 50 percent. Security is being tightened from the beginning of April, and will then be successively increased as the election approaches.
February marks the 20th anniversary of the killing of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. The police Security Service has doubled the number of body guards since Foreign Minister Anna Lindh was stabbed to death in September 2003.