Following the terrorist incidents in France and Austria, the Swedish police decided to launch a “special national event” in order to be able to act quickly against a possible attack.
Following a spate of terrorist attacks in Europe, Swedish Minister of the Interior Mikael Damberg has lashed out against violent Islamists, stressing that all forces that challenge democracy and equality or restrict freedom of expression or “our way of life”, must be fought.
Damberg underscored that in today’s Europe Islamist forces that resort to violence are one of the biggest threats. Therefore, the Swedish state cannot be neutral when people attempt to attack the very heart of democracy, he stressed.
Damberg’s comments come as the Swedish police decided to launch a “special national event” in order to be able to act quickly against a possible terrorist attack. The decision to elevate preparedness was taken following the terrorist attacks in France and Austria.
“It is important for Sweden to increase preparedness to be able to handle special events. There is a risk that others will be inspired through these acts, which is why the authorities have come to the conclusion to take precautionary measures to ensure that we can act very quickly”, Damberg told national broadcaster SVT.
The interior minister also emphasised that the environments where people become radicalised will be scrutinised.
The interior minister declined to speculate on the rumours of a feared…