Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on the car fires: “Society will always respond strongly to such acts”

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Justice and Home Affairs Morgan Johansson met police in Västra Frölunda today to learn about their work following the car fires in western Sweden on 13 August. Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board of the City of Gothenburg Ann-Sofie Hermansson was also at the meeting.

  • Stefan Löfven and policemen

    Stefan Löfven and Morgan Johansson met police in Västra Frölunda today to learn about their work following the car fires in western Sweden on 13 August.

    Photo: Victor Svedberg/Government Offices

  • Stefan Löfven, Morgan Johansson and Ann-Sofie Hermansson

    Prime Minister, Minister for Justice and Home Affairs and Municipal Executive Board of the City of Gothenburg Ann-Sofie Hermansson met media.

    Photo: Victor Svedberg/Government Offices

  • Stefan Löven

    “Society will always respond strongly to such acts,” says Mr Löfven.

    Photo: Victor Svedberg/Government Offices

"Society will always respond strongly to such acts. We have made the penalty for gross vandalism much tougher. In the autumn we will also present a bill on attacks against emergency services staff that may follow in the wake of such incidents," says Mr Löfven.

Last year the Government increased the penalty for gross vandalism, which can now lead to six years' imprisonment.

"We now hope that these thugs can be caught so that they can receive the punishment they deserve," says Mr Johansson.

Since the current electoral period began in the autumn of 2014, the Government has proposed more than 30 stricter penalties related to organised crime.