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Swedish Foreign Minister Passed Away  
User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh Passed away at 05:29 this morning after she had been stabbed yesterday. She was one of Swedens most liked and respected politicians.


She leaves a husband and two children.


September 11th has been made into a day of sorrow for Sweden aswell


May she rest in peace.



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User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/europe/09/11/sweden.stabbing/index.html

User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

This is very tragic. The last report I heard was that she was in critical but stable condition, so I was hoping she would make it.

My condolances.


User currently offlineEddgge From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 123 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1769 times:

Terrible story. This is a big threat to the democracy as well as the open community that Sweden really is today.
I hope they catch the perpetrator faster than quick.


User currently offlineFunFlying From Finland, joined Jul 2001, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

It is a major shock to all of us here in Finland, too. Everyone here at work are feeling deep sadness because of what has happened. All the strength to Anna's family and the people in Sweden.

FF



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User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

Anna Lindh was a deeply valued member of the international community. Her strong and passionate committment to world peace and the prosperity of Sweden will never be forgotten.

Rest In peace. And my condolances go to her family, and The Konungariket Sverige.

QFF


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1701 times:

I don't know what to say, I'm speechless, this so sad...so if you want to be a politician and try actively to do something for your country, you have to give up any sort of private life and get surrounded by bodyguards...this world of ours can get so disgusting sometimes...!!


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User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1695 times:

I am shocked. I thought she was recovering in hospital.

A sad day for Europe.


User currently offlinePyh From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

A sad day indeed, certainly a shock in Finland, because our socities are quite similar and we share the same values. I think that she was by far the best politician in Sweden, very respected in Finland.

I'm now trying to work, but it's very difficult to concentrate on anything.  Sad


User currently offlineSkystar From Australia, joined Jan 2000, 1363 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1676 times:

That is shocking news. Only a few hours ago I was reading that she was in a critical, but stable condition.

Condolences to the family, and I hope Sweden will be able to maintain its open society.


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1675 times:

May her soul rest in peace and for those who bother, the election will be held.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13147 posts, RR: 78
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1642 times:

Shocking for Sweden, even after the PM was killed in 1986.
That it is so shocking is ironically a tribute to those who have built such a stable society in the first place.


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

I understand that the PM was shopping in a public place, without body guards. Is it customary for EU leaders to not be accompanied by guards at all times when in public? In any event, this is a sad day for Sweden.


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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

Stretch8, she was the foreign minister and yes, she was alone with a friend.
A lot of people who done serious mistakes and I don´t think other countries are as slack with security as Sweden.





User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1621 times:

This was a very shocking news when I heard about it this morning.

I hope that the EURO-discussion was not the reason why she had to die, but in either case there was nothing that could just this awful happening.

I guess the best way for Sweden to show respect for this brave and honest politician is to say yes to the €uro on sunday.








Prime Minister Goeran Persson's statement on Anna Lindh:
http://www.sweden.se/templates/Article____6884.asp

Max


User currently offlineQb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Just learned the news 45 minutes ago or so, on the radio news. I'm shocked. Really shocked. And speechless.

My sincere condolences to those affected by this tragic event.



Never let the facts get in the way of a good theory.
User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2241 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Inside a department store...this can't be a random act of violence, can it? I have to believe that there is a motive, political or otherwise, especially with the euro referendum being held this weekend.

Condolences to the family and all of Sweden...



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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5972 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1607 times:

Strech 8,
I don't think that any of the Nordic countries have bodybuards on the various ministers - except the PM. As I mentioned in the earlier thread, the Danish PM is even listed in the phone book! It's just not the nature of our citizens to physically attack the politicians - It has only happened on a few occasion before (ie. the Palme murder & the Danish PM being attacked with paint after sending troops to Iraq).
It used to be common to see the Queen of Denmark walking on her own, doing some minor shopping, but post 9/11/01 that has been less frequent. Her grandfather became well known for taking a daily horseride through the streets of Copenhagen during WW2.


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

A real shame, I thought her injuries werent life-threatening. My condolences to the citizens of Sweden  Sad




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User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

Stretch8, it depends on the country. As CPH-R said, for example in Scandinavia security is non-existing. It was the same in the Netherlands, where the PM rode on his bike to his office until Pim Fortuyn was muredered last year.

In Germany it would be impossible that a government member would just walk around without any security. For example when the chancellor walks from his office to the parliament (just 5 minutes), he's always surrounded by a circle of bodyguards plus incognito policemen. And the cars of the members of government are B7-safety cars. They have 24/7 security, as have well-known MPs.


User currently offlineJani From Sweden, joined Aug 2003, 71 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

Anna Lindh was one of few swedish politicians I really respected.
She died on September 11 too... So much sadness in one day... Horrible...
 Crying
My thoughts goes to her husband and their two sons.
May you rest in peace, Anna Lindh.


User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

CPH-R,
I do not live in Scandinavia but since I am a frequent visitor there I can confirm what you said. If you want any kind of information on any person in the country [of Sweden at least] then you just go to the Police [Polis] and ask for information and you will get it.

Racko,
I flew TXL-DUS with Franz Müntefering last year and he was by himself (and also very rude...) all the time. So it is still possible in Germany.

Max

[Edited 2003-09-11 15:33:09]

User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

Thank you for the photos Godbless...she leaves a husband and young boy behind......just devastating.

The referendum will continue as stated already - perhaps this is what she would have wished.

 Crying


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5972 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

DoorsToManual,
she's actually leaving 2 boys behind. Even worse!

Godbless,
but if you go to the Police and starts asking all sorts of questions on high profile politicians, I'm sure that the Police, at one point, will start asking you questions.


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1555 times:
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Shocking is the only word to describe it, i never expect random acts of violence like this to happen in a Scandanavian country like Sweden, let alone on a senior politician. I hope the Swedish government will change their approach when it comes to security for high ranking politicians. Tony Blair and Jack Straw are driven from Downing Street to the House of commons in armour plated, bomb and bullet proof Jaguars and Range Rovers, a mere 1 minute walk. When they step out of the car they are surrounded by MI5 and secret service bodyguards, you will NEVER see them on their own in public. I suppose the security culture is different in Sweden, maybe that will change now.

RIP to her.



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25 Yyz717 : Tony Blair and Jack Straw are driven from Downing Street to the House of commons in armour plated, bomb and bullet proof Jaguars and Range Rovers, a m
26 JoakimE : Arsenal@LHR I hope that something like that will not happen here, politicians must be close to the people, be able to talk to anyone who wishes out on
27 Arsenal@LHR : I understand what you're saying JoakimE, i wish British politicians were more close to their people like in Sweden. But the reality in some countries
28 Andreas : German member of government Renate Künast can be regularly seen in Berlin shopping without any security!!!!! People approach her, talk to her, even s
29 DoorsToManual : Well, we have to be careful about who exactly might need security or not. I am sure many members of the British or even EU parliament don't necessaril
30 Post contains images JAL777 : My deepest condolences to all the Swedes out there. Any news on who the perp was and what was his motive?
31 J_hallgren : As a child of Swedish parents, I too wish to add my condolences to all the Swedes, especially those who are members of this forum. I was in that NK st
32 Banco : It's far preferable for government figures not to have all the security paraphernalia that we see in other countries. Hopefully this will remain. In t
33 Klaus : My condolences to the swedish people and to her family. A sad day for Europe, in addition to the rememberance of the 9/11 victims.
34 Bromma1968 : A very sad day indeed for Sweden and its people. Only the neonazi are happy. They call her a traitor!! Right wing extremists may be behind this murder
35 Post contains images Jani : The Swedish police authorities are blue eyed and seems to have learned very little since 1986 when Prime Minister Olof Palme was murdered. -----------
36 FunFlying : Sorry to write this but how is it possible that a department store didn't close its doors after this terrible act?!? And that thay don't have recordab
37 Racko : How someone who just stabbed someone and wears a jacket full of blood can escape through a filled department store is beyond me, too.
38 Alessandro : Well, Racko, the deed took place in the women´s clothing departement and most bystanders where females. Hard for them to stop a fit 180-185cm tall ma
39 Redngold : My condolences to all the people of Sweden. redngold
40 GDB : To add to Banco's post, the situation in Northern Ireland meant a ramping up of UK political security, though it is still light compared to the US Pre
41 Mika : Sorry to write this but how is it possible that a department store didn't close its doors after this terrible act?!? And that thay don't have recordab
42 Post contains links Skystar : BBC News is just reporting that the Swedish police have arrested someone in relation to the murder. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3113034.st
43 Alessandro : Yes Skystar, the suspected killer is arrested.
44 Post contains links Skystar : Now reports are saying noone has been arrested. http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s947260.htm
45 Alessandro : They took him , during the big soccer derby in Stockholm, he was watching the game at a pub.....
46 Post contains links Skystar : Here is a link to a related article. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3114634.stm I really hope the police yield results this time. I just find
47 Alessandro : He´s insane, Swedish media has revealed that he been convicted for crimes 49 times during his 35 years on the planet and aren´t allowed to visit his
48 Skystar : Is there much of a debate in Sweden about mental health now, as a result of the murder? For example, funding of mental health facilities - eg. homes t
49 Alessandro : More about slack laws, a 5-year old girl was stabbed to death by a psycho, because of poor laws....
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