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Swedish police stifled reports of a string of sex assaults on teenage girls by groups of Arab men.
After being accused of withholding information on the attacks at the We Are Stockholm music festival in Stockholm in 2014 and 2015, Swedish police have launched an internal investigation.
Swedish media reported that police knew that a mob of young Arab refugees groped a large number of teenage girls at the festival, but the police publicly described the atmosphere as being calm and avoided informing the public of the attacks.
The Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reported that a memo from last summer warned police before the festival that there was a known “problem with young men who rub themselves against young girls.”
“As soon as you came out in the crowd they began to grope,” said one 15-year-old girl.
Police originally reported “relatively few crimes and people taken into custody considering the number of participants” at the festival, but on Jan. 11 they came clean and admitted that the full picture had not been given.
“We should certainly have written and told people about this, no doubt. Why it did not happen I do not know,” Varg Gyllander, a press spokesperson, told DN.
Sweden’s National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson said “we must go to the bottom with this. We will hand it over to internal investigations in the first instance to see if any errors or crimes have been committed.”
The incidents in Sweden are part of an alarming spike in recent sexual attacks against women in Europe by groups of Arab men, including the New Year’s Eve sex assaults on some 200 women in Cologne, Germany. More than a dozen of the suspects in the Cologne assaults are asylum seekers from Syria.
In many cases, authorities have sought to keep the attacks from the public.
Similar incidents have been reported in Austria, Finland, France and Switzerland.
In Austria, police allegedly tried to cover up evidence of sex attacks in Vienna, Breitbart London reported last week.
In Finland, police told Agence-France Presse there was “widespread sexual harassment” at a New Year’s Eve event where 1,000 asylum seekers congregated.
In France, two Afghan migrants were arrested in connection with an attempted rape on a passenger train in Paris, Le Parisien reported on Jan. 7.
In Switzerland, six women said they were sexually harassed at a New Year’s Eve event in Zurich, SWI reported on Jan. 7. The attacks were described by the website as “Cologne-style.”
“The idea of multicultural Europe has failed,” Robert Fico, the prime minister of Slovakia, said on Jan. 8, the UK’s Telegraph reported. “The migrants cannot be integrated; it’s simply impossible.”
Fico said there was a “clear link” between the sex attacks and the influx of refugees to European nations.
Finnish police said sex crimes have taken on a “wholly different dimension” with the arrival of Arab refugees.
“There hasn’t been this kind of harassment on previous New Year’s Eves or other occasions for that matter. This is a completely new phenomenon in Helsinki,” Ilkka Koskimaki, the city’s deputy police chief, told AFP. “The suspects were asylum seekers. The three were caught and taken into custody on the spot.”