Asylum Seekers Burn the Asylum

Nothing exemplifies the absurdity of suicidal liberalism run amok than the recent Swedish riots.

“Asylum seekers” and illegal aliens given shelter, welfare and health benefits by Sweden over the past 30 years, are now showing their ingratitude by assaulting Swedes and burning their cars, shops and homes and buildings for no reason.

By Pete Papaherakles

On May 19, 2013, so-called youth riots broke out in Husby, a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden, with an 85% immigrant population from Turkey, north Africa, the Middle East and Somalia. The cause of the riots was said to be in response to the shooting and killing by Stockholm police of an elderly man, who was armed with a machete. Rumors alleging police racism and descriptions of the perpetrator as “non-white” were spread by Megafonen, a city-funded Muslim “youth activist group.” The police were accused of having used racial epithets such as “nigger, “monkey” and “rat.”


It eventually was revealed that the man shot by police was not African or Middle Eastern but a white, Portuguese man. One report indicates that he was using the machete to defend himself from an African gang. The name and nationality of the victim was not released by police until several days later, something that could have prevented the riots.

The riots continued for over a week and spread to many other suburbs, resulting in over 150 cars being torched as well as schools, stores, office buildings and residential complexes, causing over $10M in property damage. Even a police station was attacked and set on fire.

When police showed up at the riots, they did nothing to stop the rioters from burning the cars of Swedish citizens. Police Chief Mats Lofving told Swedish newspaper Expressen the police adopted a policy of non-interference with the riots. “Our ambition is really to do as little as possible,” he explained.

“We go to the crime scenes, but when we get there we stand and wait,” elaborated Lars Byström, the media relations officer of the Stockholm Police Department. “If we see a burning car, we let it burn if there is no risk of the fire spreading to other cars or buildings nearby. By doing so we minimize the risk of having rocks thrown at us.”

When the fire department showed up to put the fires out, they too were pelted with rocks and bricks, as were emergency workers and innocent Swedish citizens, while the police again just twiddled their thumbs. In a pathetic display of weakness, one fire fighter who was hit by stones, Mattias Lassén, posted an open letter to the rioters on his Facebook page, asking: “Why did you do this to me? I also have a family that wants to see me again, just like you!”

Seeing that the police were doing nothing to stop the riots, which were spreading across Sweden, 300 to 400 Swedish nationalists began organizing patrols across Stockholm on Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26. Only at this point did the police take action—but not against the rioters. They did all they could to keep the patriotic Swedes from interfering. They even arrested 20 of them and kept them in jail overnight. Still, the nationalists were effective in putting an end to the riots.

Sweden adopted multiculturalist politics in the 1980s and increased them in the 1990s. In 1998 there were 284,000 Muslims in a country of 9 million people, or 3.2% of the population. According to European Union statistics, that number doubled by 2012 to 574,000, or just over 6%.

A rule of thumb seems to hold that a Muslim population of 5% is the tipping point for political turmoil. As seen in other countries, like Britain, France and Germany, Muslim immigrants at that percentage adopt a more aggressive attitude and begin to seek concessions, including the right to govern themselves by Islamic law.

They were allowed to come into Sweden as “asylum seekers” initially and later simply as illegal aliens. They have been given much financial assistance from Sweden. Experts estimate from available government welfare statistics on the foreign-born that between 70 and 80% of Sweden’s welfare payments go to Muslims, with the percentage on the rise. In 2011 Sweden passed a law giving free medical coverage to all immigrants, regardless of their legal status. This even includes free dental coverage.

Although one would expect some gratitude, aliens commit most of the crimes in Sweden. According to The Economist, 50% of prisoners serving more than five years are foreigners.

Lawyer Ann Christine Hjelm, who has investigated violent crimes in Svea, Sweden’s high court, found that 85% of convicted rapists are born on foreign soil of foreign parents. Over 5,000 Swedish women are raped every year, a figure up to 20 times higher than several European countries. According to the “Affes Statistik” website, the 6% Muslim population in Sweden commits 77.6% of the rapes. Unfortunately, only 3% of those cases ever get prosecuted.


Barbara Specter is a Swedish Jew and the founder of Paideia, a state-funded Jewish organization combating anti-Semitism.

“Europe has not yet learned to be multicultural,” she says, but “the transformation must take place.”

Although she does not explain why it must take place, she says that the “Jews will be resented because of our leading role.”

“Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode. Jews are going to be in the middle of that.”

What Ms. Specter is saying then is that it’s her job to combat the anti-Semitism that will result, as Europeans discover the “leading role” Jews play in transforming Europe into a multicultural society.

With these riots, the Swedes are being conditioned to accept that Muslims are in Sweden to stay and they can get pretty angry if the Swedes don’t give them what they want.

Pete Papaherakles, a U.S. citizen since 1986, was born in Greece. He is AFP’s outreach director. If you would like to see AFP speakers at your rally, contact Pete at 202-544-5977.