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Unruly Suburbs to Get Ministerial Visit

Published måndag 14 september 2009 kl 20.47
Justice Minister Beatrice Ask

Big city suburbs in Sweden have been racked by car fires, firebombs, and stone-throwing against police in the last month. In response, the Gothenburg suburb of Backa will receive a visit this week from both Minister for Justice Beatrice Ask and former Minister for Justice Thomas Bodström.

According to Thomas Bodström, who currently serves as the chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Justice, these disturbances can easily spread between cities. “People end up outside of society, and then they act in a completely unacceptable manner,” he said to news agency TT.

Bodström's party, the Social Democrats, want to introduce so-called “contact police officers” in schools so youths develop a positive relationship with police.

Inger Davidson of the Christian Democrats, vice-chairwoman of the Committee on Justice, walks a harder line. “More police officers are needed, of course. And more arrests, and that those that commit crimes are sentenced, so that we show society’s zero tolerance for such behavior,” she told TT.

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