‘Lack of public debate on immigration caused Stockholm riots’
Stockholm is reeling as two schools, a police station and dozens
of cars were set ablaze in the fifth night of riots.
Twelve people were arrested as rioters and police clashed with stone throwing youths in poor, largely immigrant districts of the Swedish capital.
Blogger and social commentator, Mishra Mrutyuanjai, believes
Sweden has full right to apply restrictive immigration policies
when there aren’t many jobs to offer to the people who come
to the country.
RT:You are a member of the Swedish Democrats known for their have an anti-immigration stance. Youth unemployment in the suburb at the center of these riots is close to 30 per cent – is that to blame?
Mishra Mrutyuanjai: Let me start by saying that I’m a
member of the Swedish Democratic Party, which stands for fair
immigration policy. It’s not an anti-immigration political party.
Secondly, I think what has really caused these riots is, you know,
a lack of open debate. And, you know, many rioters including myself
have warned for long time that this kind of things do happen and
now they’re happening.
RT:Riots flared up in an immigrant suburb of Malmo five years ago, and violence is hitting Stockholm now. What can be done to stop it from happening again?
MM: What really is required in Sweden is to shed this
guard of political correctness. We’ve had this is Sweden… one of my
good Swedish friends has said to me: in Denmark, you have an open
debate; in Norway, you have a half-open debate; and in Sweden you
have, actually, a closed debate. What we, actually, should start
doing in Sweden is to start debating about things among other
issues like what we recently now see happening in
RT:Are there similarities between these riots and others, like the London riots of 2011, or those in the suburbs of Paris that flare from time to time?
MM: Well, there are similarities and there are also
arguments for that it’s quite unique because one must understand
that Sweden is a very generous welfare state. It, actually, had
given more to its immigrants than is the case in France or London.
But the thing is that it’s a never-ending story like, I mean, the
demands keep on increasing. Probably it’s high time that Sweden
starts making demands on its immigrants and say: well, you have to
learn the language; well, you have something more to do to get
employment etc. and etc.
RT:Do you think that the measures are you talking about will be able to improve the situation and how soon it can happen?
MM: Well, this very generous and open immigration policy
has resulted in a kind of ghettoized suburbs. And you see these
problems emerging from these suburbs. So, first and foremost,
there’s a need of a very realistic immigration policy which means
that when there aren’t so many jobs that there’s a need of some
restrictive and selective immigration policy. And this is in the
interests of immigrants. Mind you, these aren’t just Swedish people
saying this. I’ve written this in my blog that immigrants want that
they should be getting jobs before they keep on inviting more and
more people to Sweden.