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Written by Carin Stenström

Are lies being raised to the truth, and the truth transformed into lies? Do the editing boards of the media choose to present misinformation without any control?
This summer we have been fed by stories about the large number of hate crimes, which have supposedly been committed in the country, and how rapidly such criminality is spreading. But we have seen few real statistics or analysis of its background.
The following data, based on official statistics, has been presented in  Världen idag and is important reading for those who are interested to know what the reality looks like.
In reality the number of hate crimes is extremely low - only 0,2 per thousand of all registered crimes. Of the hate crimes, which totaled 283 last year, most were simple cases of abusive language and graffiti. Violent hate crimes were very rare, and only some twenty cases actually wound up being prosecuted. Nearly half of these crimes occurred in the region of Stockholm, and most of them in the city of Stockholm. Outside Sweden’s three big cities the big cities - Stockholm, Göteborg och Malmö - hate crimes are extremely rare.
Does this mean that city dwellers are more hateful and prejudiced than other Swedes?
No, the explanation is that there are many clubs and entertainment establishments in Stockholm, and the other cities. Just like other types of crime,  they are committed here and by some one under the influence of alcohol.
The government is well aware of the real facts.  They know that the rates of „hate crimes” are exaggerated; they know that law enforcement has always had the means and responsibility to intervene in such crimes.      

Such crimes have never been accepted - no matter against whom they have been directed. This has clearly been mentioned also in legislation.

The Lie as a Tool of Control

Why does society go along with this spectacle? How can hate crimes be called a threat to the state security if they are constitute 0,2 per thousand of all registered crimes, as reported by of the Security Police (SÄPO)?
Maybe the explanation is that it’s easier to agree with the lie than uphold the truth. Maybe by using lies, the authorities see an opportunity to increase their power and control.
By exaggerating the problem of hate crimes, they have succeeded in limiting the freedom of speech, which, in one case, resulted in imprisonment. Now new steps are being taken, including the demand to unlawfully tap the telephone conversations - in order to discover crimes that hardly exist.
The former procecutor-general and the current head of Security Police, Klas Bergenstrand, now wants the right to earesdrop on private telephone conversations - in order to stop the extremely rare „hate crime”, which is primarily abusive language or graffiti and which constitutes only 0,2 per thousand of all registered crimes. At the same time almost one million serious crimes, such as assault and robbery cases never even reach a court of law, unlike the less serious cases.
The society seems to have lost the fight against criminality. In this case it may seem tempting to concentrate on hate crimes, which make up only 0,2 per thousand of all registered crimes.


 Carin Stenström is the main editor of the daily Världen idag where this article was previously published.