Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson, said in a debate about crime and immigration that it looks as if there’s a war in the country:
“Last year, 300 so-called shootings were carried out in Sweden. 42 dead, criminals with hand grenades, as if there were war in our country”.
The politician was speaking at the first parliamentary debate of the new year on Wednesday morning. Even Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven admitted the country is facing serious problems. He said:
“It is obvious that there are major societal problems. We have violent crime that we can not accept, we will push it back.”
Right-wing leader of the Swedish Democrats, Jimmie Åkesson, joined the debate as well. Somewhat surprisingly he did not ask for heavier punishment or an increase in the number of deportations for those found guilty of violent offences. Instead, he suggested “if possible we should introduce a temporary curfew at night”.
Åkesson also criticised Moderate Party leader Kristersson:
“I do not want to hear a single moderate in this House, especially Ulf Kristersson, who was in Reinfeldt’s [Former] government and is responsible for what is happening in Sweden today.”
While the country’s troubles show the situation is spiralling out of control, Sweden still accepted thousands of migrants last year. Recent figures from the Swedish Migration Board show that the government of Prime Minister Löfven granted 135,529 residence permits in 2017.