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Sweden: Pensioners protected with bullet proof windows in problem area

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Bingo playing pensioners were attacked last year with rocks in the problem area of Kronogården. After repeat attacks, bullet proof windows are now being installed.

In September 2019, members of the pensioners national organization had just finished playing Bingo and were leaving the building when they were attacked by children throwing rocks and calling them foul names.

The attack was caught on video and caused uproar on social media.

“We don’t remember having any conflict with these youths. We just want them to stop destroying and harassing” Lars Ove Blomryd, chair of the local pensioner organization told SVT.

After the attacks, the children did apologize and came with gifts of flowers and chocolate.

However, the attacks have continued. Around the new year some 28 windows were shot with some form of air gun.

The last 2 years, the attacks against the pensioners building has cost tax payers SEK 225 000 ($23 808).

Now to prevent further damage they have installed bullet proof windows.

“They should handle a lot of vandalization. We have spent a lot of money to change windows. That is why we now decided to spend a little more this time” said Kristina Hedman of Trollhättan municipality where Kronogården is located.

The chair of the pensioner organization says that members are now feeling unsafe.

“The youths destroy the area, they scare people. But it is a very nice building. If you could lift it with a helicopter and put it in a different area, that would probably do good” said Lars Ove Blomryd.

Kronogården is a notorious problem area in Sweden, and is listed by Swedish police as 1 of 60 “vulnerable areas” in Sweden. Some people call these areas for “no-go zones”.

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Peter Imanuelsen
Peter Imanuelsen
Swedish journalist and political commentator. Founder and Editor-in-chief at Times of Sweden. Peter Imanuelsen has been reporting on the situation in Sweden for years and is more commonly known as PeterSweden on social media.

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