“Our Country Is Broken”: Anti-Mass Migration Sweden Democrats’ Leader Jimmie Åkesson Addresses Car Fires
Addressing a crowd in the city of Norrtälje on Tuesday, anti-mass migration Sweden Democrats’ leader Jimmie Åkesson slammed the Swedish government over their failed promises and failed integration policies that it has pursued ever since 2014, which has “broken” the country.
The car fires, which was described as “looking almost like a military operation” by the prime minister, destroyed up to 100 vehicles across a dozen cities in southern Sweden on the evening of August 13.
“You’re barely reacting anymore,” Jimmie Åkesson told the audience after showing a picture of the car fires. “It is tragic that people are forced to live in areas where these things happen in Sweden today. And it doesn’t just happen once, but continuously. But I think the most important conclusion we can draw from these events is that our country has been broken.”
One of the Sweden Democrats’ (SD) biggest campaign promises is to increase the punishments for people carrying out serious offenses, among other rape. In connection with this, according to newspaper Nyheter Idag, one of the people arrested over the recent car fires had already been sentenced to ten months in prison for previous crimes — but he was still free to walk on the street and carry out these attacks.
The politician, who assumed leadership of the SD in 2005, slammed the current coalition government, made up of the Social Democrats (S) and the Green Party (MP), as the worst Swedish government in modern times.
Åkesson also addressed comments made by the current prime minister, Stefan Löfven, and the leader of the Moderate Party (M), Ulf Kristersson, whose party has increasingly started becoming more and more similar to the Sweden Democrats — both of whom have promised to not cooperate with SD.
On June 12, as Aftonbladet reports, Löfven pledged to never give SD power, which was quickly followed by a similar pledge by Kristersson, something which has created a split in the Moderate Party of members wanting to cooperate with Åkesson and those who refuses.
“Kristersson has promised to depose of the current government,” Åkesson said, “but how is that suppose to be done? He has said that he won’t work with or even talk with the Sweden Democrats … He hasn’t yet answered that question. But for me it is quite easy, there exist two choices: to work with either Åkesson or Löfven.”
“How hard can it be to answer this question,” the SD-leader asked Kristersson. “I think the voters deserve to know this before the election.”
As of August 22, a YouGov/Metro poll has found that SD is the most popular political party in Sweden with 24,2 percent. However, according to an SVT/Novus poll, the party is the third most popular with 19,2 percent of the vote.