Swedish security police ‘harasses Muslims’

A major crisis management training exercise taking place in Stockholm next week will contribute to further stigmatization of Muslims, according to two leading members of the Green Party. “The security police constantly engages in harassing Muslims and actively contributes to fuelling Islamophobia,” wrote Stockholm’s opposition vice mayor Yvonne Ruwaida and member of parliament Mehmet Kaplan on Dagens Nyheter‘s opinion page.

The politicians believe that the crisis exercise which the Swedish Emergency Management Agency (Krisberedskapsmyndigheten) is starting on Wednesday will follow this pattern. Around 4,000 people will participate in the exercise and the scenario which they will attempt to deal with is described as “a terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction”.

The terrorists in the exercise have been given the fictional name of ‘Bogalanders’. They live in one of the predominantly immigrant “Million Homes” areas, their religion is split into two factions and they are protesting against the occupation of holy ground in “Bogaland”. “The parallels with Muslims and Islam are not exactly hard to find,” wrote Kaplan and Ruwaida.

The Local, 22 April 2007