In May next year, Malmö will host the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024 in Sweden, and the security of the event and the visitors is a matter that deserves a lot of attention from the authorities.
The city’s police spokesperson, Nils Norling, spoke to Sveriges Radio about an increase in hate crimes since the outbreak of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas: “If we look at Malmö over the past month, we have seen a certain increase in hate crime. We see daily demonstrations, mostly pro-Palestinian. Therefore, we cannot rule out that people may try and carry out several manifestations”.
Karin Karlsson, who is in charge of preparations for Malmö for ESC 2024, emphasized the need for preventive action: “I think we need to act preventively and keep in mind that more could happen than in 2013, and then follow the instructions given by the police”.