Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Sweden - Young female Swedish social worker allegedly stabbed to death by a 15-year-old asylum seeker at a shelter for refugee children.
Sweden - Young female Swedish social worker allegedly stabbed to death by a 15-year-old asylum seeker at a shelter for refugee children. (TS).
Police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg said on Monday evening that the teenager had been arrested on suspicion of murder. He added that the motive was not immediately clear, but noted that a knife had been found at the asylum accommodation in west Sweden.
"It is so terrible. She was a person who wanted to do good," Mezher's cousin told Swedish newspaper Expressen. "And then he murdered her when she was doing her job.
"It is the Swedish politicians' fault that she is dead," the cousin added.
Mezher was allegedly stabbed to death on Monday by a 15-year-old migrant at a refugee center in Molndal, a city of about 40,000 people on the southwestern coast near Gothenburg, according to Expressen.
"It was messy, of course, a crime scene with blood," police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg told Swedish news agency TT. He refused to identify Mezher's teenage attacker, his nationality or his motive, but Fuxborg did say that other asylum seekers tried to come to Mezher's aid.
"The perpetrator had been overpowered by other residents" when arrested, Fuxborg said, adding that everyone at the center was "depressed and upset" about the brutal stabbing.
Staffan Alexandersson, a social worker and spokesperson for Living Nordic AB, the company that runs the center for unaccompanied migrant youth ages 14 to 17, described the incident as a "horrible and tragic event."
"We regret what happened," he told TT, "and we're working right now in the crisis team to deal with both staff and children."
The symbolism of Mezher's murder—a Swede from a Middle Eastern family allegedly brutally stabbed by a recently arrived migrant—was not lost on the country's politicians.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven visited the asylum center just hours after the death, calling it a "terrible crime" and admitting that it tapped into escalating fears.
"I believe that there are quite many people in Sweden who feel a lot of concern that there can be more cases of this kind, when Sweden receives so many children and youth, who come alone [to seek asylum]," he said, according to Radio Sweden.
Lofven also promised more resources for police, saying that security forces were taxed by the recent influx of immigrants.
"The police authority have got . . . a heavier workload because of the refugee situation," he said. "And then you need more resources."
His comments were echoed by National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson, who on Monday requested 4,100 additional officers to fight terrorism, carry out migrant deportations and patrol asylum centers.
"We are forced to respond to many disturbances in asylum reception centers," he told TT. "This was not the case six months ago and it means that we won't be able to respond as effectively in other areas."
"It is obvious that the migrant situation is a great strain," added Lena Nitz, the director of the police union, in an interview with TT. "It has become clear that the situation is completely unsustainable."
The number of threats or violent incidents at asylum shelters more than doubled last year, from 148 incidents in 2014 to 322 in 2015, according to The Local, which cited statistics from the Swedish Migration Agency. Those same facilities have become targets for immigration opponents, with at least two dozen centers damaged by arson last year, the newspaper reported.
More recently, Lofven slammed Swedish police for "betraying" women by allegedly covering up allegations that they were sexual harassed by recent immigrants at a music festival in Stockholm, according to the Guardian. The newspaper also reported similar attacks on women in Malmo on New Year's Eve. Hmmmm..........Motive .....A woman telling a male to behave?