Sweden will first introduce measures to curb deadly gang violence

Natalie Portman
By Natalie Portman 2 Min Read
origin 1Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson arrives at the European Council summit, at the EU headquarters in Brussels. -/European Council/dpa

Sweden is planning to more quickly introduce measures to combat widespread organized crime, the government said on Thursday.

Visiting zones would allow police to search people or cars even if no crime is suspected. Visiting bans would mean people would be barred from being in certain places at certain times.

The measures will be introduced three months ahead of schedule, by March or February 2024, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson announced after a meeting with parliamentary parties in Stockholm.

Deputy Prime Minister Ebba Bush said: “We remain on track, but we are picking up the pace.”

However, Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson was disappointed that the government did not present any new measures at the meeting, later asking: “Where is their plan?”

A wave of shootings and explosions has shaken Swedish society. In September, 11 people were shot dead and a woman was killed in an explosion.

The deaths have been linked to gang violence centered on the trafficking of illegal drugs. Among the victims there are minors, many of whom come from immigrant communities.

Numerous explosions also occurred in the entrances of apartment buildings. Earlier this week, Uppsala police seized almost 200 kilograms of explosives and a large quantity of drugs and arrested a man and a woman.

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