Target: Sweden’s National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson
Goal: End Swedish coverup of ongoing problem with sexual assaults.
Sweden has allegedly been covering up sexual assaults for at least the past two years out of political motivations. It is claimed that in both 2014 and 2015 a group of youths groped or molested women at the We Are Sthlm festival, and some sources say that this molestation has actually been an ongoing problem for several years. This is completely unacceptable and should be made immediately transparent.
Many of the women molested were not actually “women,” but girls as young as 11 or 12. The reason for the coverup was due to the fact that the incident was caused by immigrant youths and the local police did not want to overly politicize the situation. However, that does not excuse turning the other cheek. Around 50 young men from Afghanistan were involved — a not insignificant number. Regardless of the politics, transparency is important for healthy countries; covering up the information suggests underhanded motivations and continues to put Swedish youth into danger.
There must be a certain level of trust between a government and its citizens for a country to run smoothly. Hiding the issue only results in more young people blindly walking into an unsafe situation. They should not have to worry about such matters in the first place, but knowledge is never a bad thing. Regardless of whether or not it is a betrayal of a political party’s ideology, hiding something like this is a betrayal of the Swedish citizenry. Sign the petition below to encourage transparency.
Dear Commissioner Eliasson,
Transparency is a vital part of every successful democracy and rules cannot be compromised if a strong rule of law is expected to remain strong. Following set rules, and trusting in the expected response, creates norms of behavior that govern how a society functions. The law must be blind; ethnicity or nationality should never influence how one treats a crime. The very act of doing so erodes rule of law and creates resentment not only against the person or people committing the crime, but also against the government that hid the crime and allowed more citizens to blindly wander into dangerous situations. The molestations at the We Are Sthlm festival should not have been covered up and the people responsible for the cover-up should be strongly reprimanded.
It is undeniable that the integration of people from the Middle East is going to be a complex affair in Sweden, but this does not mean that one should compromise anything. It is not your house and your rules. It is ultimately your citizens’. Your citizens deserve to trust the government that they elected to do the best for them, and one of the most fundamental components of trust is honesty. It is understandable that the police wanted to avoid race or nationality-based public backlash, but the law is not something that you should follow only when it is easy. If you can’t handle reporting the problem, then take steps to change the problem.
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