I’ve mentioned Södertälje to you previously. It has become a ghastly place, as the town — on its own — has taken in more than twice as many Iraqis as the entire U.S.A.
I’ve decided to translate a few articles from the town’s local paper Länstidningen, which almost every day has astonishing new reports on the cultural enrichment of Södertälje.
From LT on September 21st:
Youth gang blocks ambulance in emergency
An ambulance in a hurry was about to evacuate a woman who had become ill at a grocery in Hovsjö town center. But it didn’t get there - some 30 youths blocked it. When hospital staff told them to move aside, the youths replied “Why? We live in a free country!”
It was around three o’clock Thursday afternoon when the ambulance was summoned to an ill woman at the grocery. But it turned out to be a job more difficult than anyone would have assumed.
The ambulance had trouble getting through. Some thirty guys blocked it and refused to move. Also the police were called.
The staff begged for them to move. At last, they did, but when the police arrived, they were already gone.
Another one from LT on September 21st:
New shootings at police
A man pulled an air rifle at the street and started shooting against a police patrol in Ronna yesterday.
The perpetrator, who is known to the police, managed to escape the scene. The police are taking the incident seriously and classify it as an attempt to commit violence against a public servant [våld mot tjänsteman]. The two policemen are said to be all right.
If it’s dark outside, it is difficult to notice any difference between air rifles and real firearms, even for the police.
It’s the second time in less than a week the police have attacked by weapons.
Yet another one from September 21st:
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Youths fired at Ann-Britt
The bullets struck upon Ann-Britt’s balcony as youths shot with air rifles. “I was struck by horror. I feel fear after thirteen years in the same residence, “ she says.
“Firstly, I thought youths were throwing rocks at my balcony… The bullets whined around my head - twelve rounds. It was that somebody was lying down and shooting. It felt unreal. Families used to walk where they shot from. Ronna doesn’t feel safe anymore, I hardly dare to be outside when it’s dark.”
Furthermore, a 68-year-old man tells that he was going past the gang along with his wife as the gang started shooting. Suddenly, they ran after [the couple] and fired. A bullet grazed the 68 years old man’s temple.
A brief press-item from yesterday:
Police called to Sydpoolen [bath house in Södertälje]
As youth gang started trouble at Sydpoolen afternoon Saturday, and the pool staff called the police.
But when the police arrived, the swimming hall already had closed and the troublemakers escaped the long arm of the law.
And how are the cultural enrichers treated? Of course, tax money is being wasted on them…
Abyss between youths and the police
Police and youths in Hovsjö can’t agree. Insolence and harsh conversations create an abyss between the long arm of the law and the guys downtown.
In the basement of Hovsjöbolaget’s [municipal estates company in Södertälje] office, the new gym premises takes shape. Fresh walls, new plastic floor, a boxing corner. The only things missing now are the machines, and then the work can continue. Johannes Aydim is one of the responsible for this project.
“The boys feel restless, and therefore, we’re trying to get the premises started as soon as possible. “
The summer’s activities, summer jobs and the soccer tournament kept the youths busy. The youth recreation center’s bad hours of availability, and the lack of activities [for youths], are factors he thinks are creating troublemaking.
“The municipality, the police, everyone, have themselves to blame when they don’t do anything for the youths” [emphasis added]
Paintball-firing at police vehicles and an ambulance in emergency who can’t make it to the victim, that is the reality in Hovsjö.