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Local councils unprepared to face violent threats

Published torsdag 23 januari 2014 kl 10.44
Local politician Liza Jonsson was attacked, and the police failed to find the culprit. Photo: SVT

Politicians in a third of Sweden's local councils have been targeted by threats and violence, according to a new survey.

But the vast majority of local municipalities do not have any plan for how to prevent threats or violence against politicians, or deal with it if it happens.

Behcet Barsom, councillor for the Christian Democrats in Örebro says he was hit with a placard at a demonstration, after his council decided to shut local schools. "I also got threatening letters telling me to 'go home," he says to Swedish Television News.

The new survey was carried out by the association of local authorities, SKL, which says the problem has to be taken more seriously.

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