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After Metro's disclosure of Jehovah's Witnesses: The police are launching a preliminary investigation into hatred against people

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At a gathering at the Stockholm Fair, Jehovah's Witnesses showed films with anti-hbtq messages. Now the police have launched a preliminary investigation into suspected hatred against people.

 

On Sunday, Jehovah's Witnesses showed several films during their gathering at the Stockholm Fair, which is part of the City of Stockholm. In one of the films, strong distance from hbtq people is taken. In total there were about 8,000 people in the audience during the event, hundreds of them were children.

According to the Norwegian Media Council, which has the task of setting the age limits for films to be shown to children under the age of 15, the event fulfilled the criteria for a "general gathering" and the films would, by law, have an age limit set by the authority.

But the films were never sent to the state media council and a police announcement of the incident was received on the weekend. The police now confirm that they have initiated a preliminary investigation.

Two crime suspicions

- The one is about the films that have been shown and we investigate two suspected crimes. Both showing films for children under the age of 15, but also suspected people's groups about a movie that should be about hbtq issues, "says Sara Isaksson, investigator at the police's Democracy and Hate Breach Group.

 

Right now the police are collecting evidence and information about what has happened. Among other things, the police want to get the movie about hbtq questions.

"D plays a big part in the content of the film, and it is noted that there is a contradiction to homosexuals," says Sara Isaksson.

As of May 22, the Norwegian Media Council sent an email to the Stockholm police where they wrote that they suspected that there would be violations of law during the event. Sara Isaksson can not answer why the police did not respond to the tip.

"You are difficult to answer what you made for decisions there," she says.

This weekend, Jehovah's Witnesses have a new gathering in Malmö with the same program as in Stockholm.

Available from the fair

Over the past four years, Jehovah's Witnesses have had their annual gathering at the Stockholm Fair. But the weekend's events may have been the last.

- There should be no activity at the Stockholm Fair which is incompatible with legislation. If that has been done, then it's regrettable, says Thomas Andersson, vice president at Stockholms Stadshus AB.

Will Jehovah's Witnesses get the Stockholm Stock Exchange again?

- There may be no activities that violate the law at the fair. We will see what the investigation shows, says Thomas Andersson.

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