Politicians in Sweden reacted strongly to a shooting incident in Flemingsberg, south of Stockholm, where two small children were injured.
“The fact that the violence takes place in an environment where innocent children live shows total indifference and ruthlessness,” Minister of the Interior Mikael Damberg noted in a written comment to TT.
Nine people have been arrested after two children were injured due to gunfire in Flemingsberg south of Stockholm on Saturday night. According to Swedish media, the children are five and six years old and were hit in the legs.
“I want to express my horror and anger over the violence that has affected two children in Flemingsberg,” Damberg said.
“Difficult to put into words”
Johan Forsell of the Moderates believes that the incident has crossed a line.
“This is terrible. It is almost difficult to put into words because this really stands out,” he told TT.
Forsell wants more action to prevent such incidents from happening again. Among other things, he wants Sweden to do as Denmark did and double the punishment if a perpetrator who has been convicted committed the crime in a gang-related context.
“What has been lacking in the debate in recent years is society’s right to be able to protect itself against very dangerous people,” he said.
In a post on Facebook, the Liberals’ party leader Nyamko Sabuni called for more police officers, abolishing penalty rebates, and providing better tools for the police.
Christian Democrat leader Ebba Busch also commented on the incident via Twitter.
“This evil spares no means to cross new boundaries. It is simply sad that Sweden has ended up here, but we must acknowledge what reality looks like,” she said.
Spokeswoman for the Green Party, Märta Stenevi, said she was appalled and angry about what happened.
“The fact that violence penetrates environments where young children live is serious and completely unacceptable. Violence, weapons, and gangs have no place in our society,” she noted on Twitter.
The leader of the Left Party, Nooshi Dadgostar, also expresses his sympathy to those affected.
“Two small children who were out playing were hit by the shots. It shows a disgusting ruthlessness that frightens families. My thoughts go to the children and their loved ones,” she wrote in a Twitter message.
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