Sweden: Riots over closure of mosque

Welcome to Eurabia! “Unrest continues near vacated Malmö mosque,” from The Local, December 18 (thanks to JW):

Fresh disturbances erupted on Wednesday evening near the basement location which had previously served as a mosque in Malmö’s RosengÃ¥rd district.Fireworks were aimed at police and several fires were lit when police arrived to blockade the basement office with containers.

Sweden: Second night of “youth” riots in Malmö over closed mosque

“There have been fires burning since this afternoon… extensive damage to public property, and… stone-throwing and bomb threats against police.”

An update on this story. “Swedish city hit by youth riots,” from BBC News

Tensions in the area were still high as of 12.30am Thursday morning, according to police in Skåne.

One man was arrested during the evening on suspicions of preparing to commit assault. Three other men and boys were also detained.

The youngest, born in 1992, was taken home to his parents.

The police’s main goal for the evening was to ensure that emergency crews could perform their duties and extinguish the fires which continued to burn in the area.

More than ten fires were lit over the course of the evening.

The basement offices, which had previously served as a mosque for the Islamiska kulturföreningen (‘Islamic Cultural Association’), had been occupied since November 24th to protest against the landlord’s decision not to renew the association’s lease for the space, which it had held for the past 15 years.

On Monday, police forcibly removed the remaining three protesters from the space in front of a crowd of angry onlookers.

Emotions have been running high since the forced evacuation, resulting in sporadic disturbances throughout the week.

And yet, in spite of abject dhimmitude, there is some hope:

Sweden to prioritize deportations in 2009

The Local

2009: The Year of Deportations

Swedish police are mulling chartering special planes in anticipation of the government’s wishes to step up the pace of deportations of the thousands of unsuccessful asylum seekers estimated to be in the country.

“2009 is going to be a tough year for a lot of people,” said Dan Eliasson, the head of the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket), to the TT news agency.

On Tuesday, a Swedish charter plane landed in Baghdad carrying twelve people whose asylum claims had been denied by Sweden.

Ahead of the trip, the twelve had been taken to Stockholm’s Arlanda airport from Örebro and VästerÃ¥s in central Sweden, Gävle on the country’s east coast, Växjö in south central Sweden, as well as from Malmö and Stockholm.

The trip was the first of its kind to Iraq from Sweden.

A few weeks ago, a similar transport was arranged to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia to return 42 rejected asylum seekers.

“We’re going to have more missions like this. The government has said that 2009 will be the year of the return, which puts the burden on us to bring a lot of people to their respective homelands,” said Peter Nilsson of the border police in Stockholm County.

So far most deportees have been returned piecemeal when space was available to regular commercial flights. But airline pilots are loathe to accept passengers which put up a struggle when brought on board their aircraft.

“A lot of people have learned that lesson. These are people who don’t want to return voluntarily. That’s why we’re doing these kinds of collective trips — to make it safer, more dignified, and more economic,” said Nilsson.

The Migration Board’s Eliasson reckons that 2009 will be a busy year, especially for the police.

Many who have had their applications denied should go home, and many of them don’t want to. That’s understandable, as they often return to a life with difficult conditions. The police have a very difficult task. I’m expecting people to raise the bar, and that’s what’s on the way,” said Eliasson.


Neither the police nor the Migration Board will reveal just how long the list of deportees is, however.


Hugh Fitzgerald comments:

Why should any Muslim from a Muslim-dominated country be considered for asylum status? Only those who are not Muslims should be allowed to seek “asylum” from a Muslim-dominated country, and then only after extensive checking for fraud, or to see if such people — such as “Palestinian” Arab islamochrisetians — in fact will further the Islamic agenda in Western Europe, and pose a special danger — on campuses, on the streets — to Christians who are not yet post-Christian, or to the Jews who despite everything have remained in Europe, and who long ago fully integrated into, and have been contributing to the cultural advancement of the societies of Western Europe, and surely do not deserve to have their situations and security, physical and societal, put at special, heightened risk by the influx of such clearly unintegrable and hostile Muslim “asylum-seekers.” 

Posted by: Hugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 18, 2008 5:46 AM

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