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apoet29
Sep 10th, 2003, 07:38 PM
Swedish Foreign Minister Stabbed in Store
48 minutes ago

By KARL RITTER, Associated Press Writer

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, one of the country's most popular politicians, was stabbed repeatedly Wednesday while shopping at an exclusive department store in downtown Stockholm.

Police said they did not believe the attack was politically motivated and were searching for a man wearing a camouflage jacket who fled the store. Lindh was undergoing surgery at the Karolinska Hospital and her wounds were serious but not life-threatening, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Lindh, who is No. 3 in the government, often has been touted as a possible successor to Prime Minister Goeran Persson. She did not have bodyguards.

The attack comes just days before Swedes decide whether to adopt the euro, which polls show faces strong opposition in the country. The foreign minister ardently supports the common currency.

Persson said he and other euro supporters would stop campaigning but the prime minister did not say whether there were any plans to delay the referendum.

Lindh, 46, was inside the Nordiska Kompaniet department store blocks away from the parliament building when she was stabbed just before 4 p.m., witnesses told The Associated Press.

Hanna Sundberg, who also was shopping at the store, said she saw a man chase Lindh up an escalator from the basement.

"She fell on the floor and the man was stabbing her in the stomach," Sundberg said. "When he ran away, he threw the knife away."

Sundberg ran to Lindh, who cried out: "God, he has stabbed me in the stomach!" Sundberg said she then saw blood.

Police spokesman Bjoern Pihlblad said Lindh was stabbed in the arms, chest and stomach. He said police were searching for the man, whose identity was not released. The knife was recovered at the store. Authorities later issued a national alert for the suspect, placing border crossings between Finland, Norway and Denmark on alert.

An Associated Press reporter saw Lindh hustled out of the building on a stretcher by three paramedics, with police surrounding her.

The prime minister, visibly shaken, told reporters he was in contact with doctors about Lindh's condition.

"The situation is serious," Persson said.

Persson called Lindh one of the country's most respected politicians.

"The attack on her is an attack on our open society and because of this I am feeling great anger and dismay," he said, adding that security around all government buildings had been tightened.

Lindh, a member of the Social Democrats, has been head of the Foreign Ministry since 1998. She was a member of the Riksdag, or parliament, in 1982-1985. She is married and has two children.

Sweden, a Scandinavian country of 9 million, has a reputation as a relatively safe place and violence against politicians is rare.

But in 1986, Prime Minister Olof Palme was killed while walking home from a movie theater with his wife. That killing has never been solved.

Politicians in Sweden are often seen walking along the street or riding in the subway without police protection.

More recently, political violence touched the Netherlands, where an animal rights activist shot and killed anti-immigration politician Pim Fortuyn in May 2002. The gunman was sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing Fortuyn, a candidate for prime minister and outspoken gay academic who shook up Holland by blaming rising crime on Moroccan and Turkish minorities.

Peter Eriksson, leader of Sweden's Green party, called the attack "an attempt to hurt democracy."

"For some people, this may bring back all the terrible memories of years back when Prime Minister Olof Palme was killed," Eriksson said. "This may very well lead to Swedish politicians having to have bodyguards from now on."

The attack on Lindh "shows that public figures are very vulnerable in Scandinavia," said Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen, who was attending a meeting of the World Trade Organization (news - web sites) in Cancun, Mexico.

Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, a friend of Lindh's, said there could be no rational motive for the attack.

"This was a senseless and cowardly act of violence," Tuomioja said in the Finnish capital, Helsinki.

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Is there any place in the world that is safe? Or is safety an illusion? :sad:

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Sep 10th, 2003, 09:02 PM
um yes... FOREIGN MINISTER...... not PM....... ;) the PM is Göran Pärsson.

the docs were still operating on her at 10pm CET :sad:

Smart
Sep 10th, 2003, 09:10 PM
Yeah. Finnish TV news is also showing pictures from Stockholm. Very frustrating situation. The murder should be insane or something.

However, I am very disappointed 'cause of the whole situation. Weren't there any video cameras at the store (it is an NK store that I have also visited many times. Very big store). This is also a typical situation for The Swedish Police. Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was murdered 18 years ago and they never catched the murder. It smells very similar to it righ now.

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Sep 10th, 2003, 09:16 PM
this person can't be concidered as a "murder" in this case since the Foreign Minister didn't die.... but i know what you mean.
what i read in norwegian news was that she was walking around with no security guards. not a smart thing - concidering what happened to Olof Palme.

and i thought Sthlm was a safe place.... *sigh*

Smart
Sep 10th, 2003, 09:26 PM
Yep. I have also always considered Stockholm a very secure and safe place to visit etc etc.

I can understand that this is a big shock in Sweden. Everyone remembers Mr. Palme's situation now.

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Sep 10th, 2003, 09:31 PM
"everyone" is maybe an exaggeration..... ;) Nordic/Scandinavia is more like it, hehe.

so i guess i'll just stick to Göteborg when i wanna shop in sweden. but sthlm is the capital, and much bigger than Gothenburg - i still want to go there...... i guess we are being very paranoid atm? coz i'm sure we wont get stabbed if we go there..... oohh... another thing.. i was so surprised when i saw that the swedish police carry guns!

Smart
Sep 10th, 2003, 09:54 PM
I am not very sure that The Swedish Policeforces will catch the man ever. This reminds Palme's accident a lot.

Stockholm is already a big city when you come from Finland. Helsinki is much smaller.

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Sep 10th, 2003, 09:55 PM
latest news: Anna Lindh is still in the OR at 11pm CET

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Sep 10th, 2003, 09:56 PM
i'm pretty sure that oslo is the smallest of the nordic capitals ;)

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Sep 10th, 2003, 10:32 PM
midnight: still in the OR :eek:

korben
Sep 10th, 2003, 11:19 PM
i'm pretty sure that oslo is the smallest of the nordic capitals ;)

Maybe Reykjavik ...

Hmmm. Already 8 hour long surgery :( No good. At all :mad:

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Sep 10th, 2003, 11:22 PM
lol Reykjavik..... ok ok.... since the whole island is melting away... how many inhabitants do they have? i wanna go there some day.... imagine bathing in those geysir thingies :D

yeah i know..... this is definetly not good :mad:

Tammy
Sep 11th, 2003, 01:02 AM
i wanna go there some day.... imagine bathing in those geysir thingies :D

yeah i know..... this is definetly not good :mad:

geyser i think you mean my dear ;)

.. hm *wonders if shes out of surgery yet* :s

DutchieGirl
Sep 11th, 2003, 01:48 AM
:eek: That's terrible! I hope she will come out of the surgery OK, but she has been in there a really long time! :sad:

*JR*
Sep 11th, 2003, 02:10 AM
I remember the Palme murder like it was yesterday. :sad: BTW, I nominate Tallin, EST as an honorary Scandinavian capital since they essentially speak Finnish. (Kaia for Team Nordica)! ;)

TennisHack
Sep 11th, 2003, 03:23 AM
Freaky . . . I was just talking about Olof Palme today! :eek:

Here's hoping she is okay, though so many hours in surgery does not sound good. Dying from stomach injuries is one of the worst possible ways to die :sad:

Ted of Teds Tennis
Sep 11th, 2003, 03:46 AM
geyser i think you mean my dear ;)

.. hm *wonders if shes out of surgery yet* :s

Actually, it is "geysir" in Icelandic. :)

This page on the original Geysir from the Icelandic Tourism Board (http://www.goiceland.org/geysir_01.html)

Or this page about the Geysir Center resort complex located at Geysir (http://www.geysircenter.com/english/geysircenter.html)

Tammy
Sep 11th, 2003, 04:16 AM
Actually, it is "geysir" in Icelandic. :)

This page on the original Geysir from the Icelandic Tourism Board (http://www.goiceland.org/geysir_01.html)

Or this page about the Geysir Center resort complex located at Geysir (http://www.geysircenter.com/english/geysircenter.html)
hmm indeed - i dont doubt it is :p - but she was speaking english in that post therefore the english spelling would be more suitable ;)

and shes knows im just playing with her :p

Hagar
Sep 11th, 2003, 08:03 AM
Apparently she died early this morning. Very sad and shocking news. RIP, Anna Lindh.

gentenaire
Sep 11th, 2003, 08:15 AM
Apparently she died early this morning. Very sad and shocking news. RIP, Anna Lindh.

Oh my goodness! :eek:


:sad: :sad: :sad:

This is terrible. Why?

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Sep 11th, 2003, 08:46 AM
she died at 5 am... :sad:

jollyroger... Tallin/Estonia as an honorary Scandinavian capital huh........ :p i've been there - it's a beautiful place :cool:

so um...

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20030911/wl_afp/sweden_politics_attack_030911083117

Swedish FM Anna Lindh dies of stab wounds after attack
14 minutes ago Add World - AFP to My Yahoo!



STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh died a day after being stabbed by an unknown assailant in Stockholm, a spokesman for the Karolinska hospital told AFP.

Lindh had been stabbed in the arm, abdomen and chest Wednesday while shopping at a downtown department store.


Lindh, one of her country's most admired politicians, died following massive internal bleeding caused by her injuries, Karolinska hospital said.


She died at 0329 GMT, it said.


"It is with great sorrow that I received the news that Anna Lindh has died of the injuries she suffered," Prime Minister Goeran Persson told reporters.


"It feels unreal, it is hard to understand," said Persson, his voice cracking with emotion.


Government officials had previously described Lindh's condition as critical, but not life-threatening.


Her liver had been damaged in the attack, causing internal bleeding.


The attack on Lindh, who was without a bodyguard when attacked, brought back memories of the assassination of former prime minister Olof Palme as he was leaving a cinema in downtown Stockholm in 1986.


It has also sparked debate on whether Swedish top politicians are well enough protected.


"Our country is known for its openness," and Sweden enjoys great proximity between its leaders and the people, Persson said at the news conference.


Sweden is a "tolerant society that is unique in its closeness", he said.

:sad:

The Crow
Sep 11th, 2003, 09:16 AM
This is horrible. Especially if it'll turn out to be a political murder :sad:

Josh
Sep 11th, 2003, 10:15 AM
Wow, and yesterday they said her life was not in danger....

Nikki
Sep 11th, 2003, 10:21 AM
:sad:

korben
Sep 11th, 2003, 10:32 AM
:tears: R.I.P.

galadriel
Sep 11th, 2003, 10:59 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

irma
Sep 11th, 2003, 11:09 AM
this world sucks :sad:

Cilla
Sep 11th, 2003, 11:25 AM
How sad, being killed out shopping :sad: :sad:

King Satan
Sep 11th, 2003, 11:29 AM
How sad, being killed out shopping :sad: :sad:
This should teach the ladies to stop shopping so damn much! (ok ok bad joke :o)

This is really sad though. too many sick ppl in the world. I don't know how ppl can do this kind of thing.

nasty nick#2
Sep 11th, 2003, 11:40 AM
She was foreign minister not prime minister...yet, but probably a future prime minister(the first women then) Anna Lindh was a very charismatic and openminded person, very friendly and popular in Sweden, she was a good speaker and many persons could identify themselves with her easier then with many other politicians, her goal was not to be in command and have power either, she just wanted to see things chance and she had a burning desire for her work. She was known for beeing a hard working politician at the same time as she was a good mother that always thought alot about the family and friends and spend the little free time she had on that. It feels strange that she got murdered, first of all Sweden is a open minded country and those things shouldn't happen, especially not on Nk( a big store in central Stockhokm) that normally got good security and there were many people there shopping too. Only a few days before the voting for Euro this thing happen, one of the leading ministers for the "Yes" campain dies. Sweden loses a very good politician but 2 young kids lost their mother aswell.

She got stabbed 3 times and died on hospital after a long surgery early this morning. It was simply too complicated to save her life. The man responsible for this is still free but i really hope they can catch him soon cause i don't want it to end like it did after our prime minister Olof Palme got murdered in 1986 and they never found his killer (Even if that was probably a conspiracy) Anna Lindh's murder just feels weird, i can't believe she's gone and i don't understand why someone would like to kill her in the first place. She died at 46 :sad:

Josh
Sep 11th, 2003, 11:43 AM
Was it a man who stabbed her? Cause on the news over here they said he/she was not yet identified.

I wonder if it's got anything to do with the Euro-campaign as she was the figurehead of the yes-camp.

nasty nick#2
Sep 11th, 2003, 11:49 AM
Yes it was a man. The're were many eye witnesses there so they got a good picture of how he looked like, but still they haven't found him. I think it was strange that he could escape from the store at the first place, they should have had some guards there.

Linn
Sep 11th, 2003, 11:54 AM
This is an extremely sad day for Sweden. Anna was a great politician, very popular and friendly, she was one of us and she represented our country in a way that made you proud of her. Sweden stands for humanity and equal rights, something she was working hard for. I can't belive something like this can happen, not here, it's not only an attack on her and her family but on the entire country. My thoughts are with her two sons, David and Filip, who are both still very young, as well as her husband.
I really really hope they catch the man who did this.
I don't understand why.

nasty nick#2
Sep 11th, 2003, 11:59 AM
Yeah Linn, this comes as a big shock for the entire nation. It was so quite outside this morning, it was like the whole nation was standing still. Yesterday we qualified for the football Euro 2006, but that feels less interesting today.

gentenaire
Sep 11th, 2003, 12:01 PM
It is very sad. She looked like a very charismatic person and a great politician. How old are her sons?

Josh
Sep 11th, 2003, 12:01 PM
It does seem weird that he could just ran out of the warehouse after having stabbed her. I mean, such a scene is bound to attract attention. And guards must have been alarmed by camera surveillance, no?

gentenaire
Sep 11th, 2003, 12:06 PM
I guess people's first reaction is to look after the victim, rather than follow the attacker. Also, the attacker can abuse the confusion and mayhem to escape.

What I wonder is how the killer knew she'd be at the warehouse at that time.

nasty nick#2
Sep 11th, 2003, 12:11 PM
Yeah you're right, they probably paid more attention to the victim then the murderer( it was a big shock) some guy ran after him but he escaped. Unless the whole homicide was planned like i think not, the murderer must have seen her going in there and he probably already had a knife so he decided to stab her for some unknown reason. Maybe he was against the Euro, or he simply didn't like her. Weird anyway.

Josh
Sep 11th, 2003, 12:11 PM
He had probably been stalking her for a while and waited for a perfect occasion to strike.

You're probably right about people looking after the victim but there's always a few people who go after the offender, at least I thought.

Linn
Sep 11th, 2003, 12:25 PM
Yeah, i was at school when i got the news, and it was all quiet, ppl just standing in front of the TV's, whispering and some crying. Her picture is all over the city as she was one of the most important faces in the Euro-election. It's surreal.
One of her sons are born 1994 and the other might be a year older or younger than that.
I know that NK got cameras so they probably got a picture of him, but there are'nt really a lot of security. Sweden is really safe, celebrities can do their shopping, or whatever they want without being worried, I think that's one of the reasons it's such a big shock, the thing that could'nt happen happened.

Tammy
Sep 11th, 2003, 01:06 PM
:tears::sad:

Cariaoke
Sep 11th, 2003, 01:37 PM
OMG, that is horrible!

I'm in complete shock! I can't believe some man stabbed her repeatedly in a store and fled. Now she's dead. That is terrible! :sad: :sad:

Smart
Sep 11th, 2003, 01:56 PM
I am very sorry for her family.

Very shocking news.

salima
Sep 11th, 2003, 03:37 PM
:sad: and :fiery: can´t say anything more. it reminds so much about The Palme murder. How could the murderer escape, who did he work for, or was he alone :sad: :sad: :sad:


:fiery:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 11th, 2003, 03:38 PM
very sad news :bigcry:
heard she died early this morning and shocked.

suprised they still have no idea who did this still :(
no CCTV ???

salima
Sep 11th, 2003, 03:46 PM
suprised they still have no idea who did this still :(
no CCTV ???

the stores tv/video system was not set to record

veryborednow
Sep 11th, 2003, 04:39 PM
the stores tv/video system was not set to record
You're kidding?!?!

Jesus :sad:

[ot]I spent my summer in Oslo/Gothenburg/Stockholm/Helsinki/Tallin and loved it.

TennisHack
Sep 11th, 2003, 05:09 PM
Oh, what a horrible ending to this story :sad::sad::sad:

tumbleweed
Sep 11th, 2003, 06:22 PM
May her soul rest in peace... :sad:

May they catch the bastard who did it. :fiery:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 11th, 2003, 06:56 PM
the stores tv/video system was not set to record

thats rather pointless then isn't it
defeats the purpose of having them :rolleyes:

Linn in Sweden
Sep 11th, 2003, 07:08 PM
the whole sweden is in shock...so am I...it's hard to belive...anna lind was a great person...one of the best...we will miss her...
somebody else from sweden said she was one of us...she really was...
I agree with everything the other one from sweden said about anna lind...I'm still in in shock...it's so sad...
my thoughts are with her sons and and husband...
anna lind was our future

Smart
Sep 11th, 2003, 07:43 PM
the whole sweden is in shock...so am I...it's hard to belive...anna lind was a great person...one of the best...we will miss her...
somebody else from sweden said she was one of us...she really was...
I agree with everything the other one from sweden said about anna lind...I'm still in in shock...it's so sad...
my thoughts are with her sons and and husband...
anna lind was our future
I give my sympathy. :sad:

TennisHack
Sep 11th, 2003, 08:55 PM
the whole sweden is in shock...so am I...it's hard to belive...anna lind was a great person...one of the best...we will miss her...
somebody else from sweden said she was one of us...she really was...
I agree with everything the other one from sweden said about anna lind...I'm still in in shock...it's so sad...
my thoughts are with her sons and and husband...
anna lind was our future

:hug:

Bероника
Sep 11th, 2003, 09:35 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: This is terribly sad!!!
World is full of sick,dangerous people.

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Sep 11th, 2003, 09:43 PM
my thoughts go out to my swedish neighbours :sad: :hug:
the norwegian goverment + ppl are in shock as well. even though this happened in sweden, the norwegian politicians are worried as well.

like linn said, scandinavian countries are safe places, famous ppl etc can walk whereever they want, whenever they want. and it's sad to think that it will change now, atleast for the persons who are polotically involved.

RIP Anna Lindh :sad:

*JR*
Sep 11th, 2003, 10:56 PM
This is an extremely sad day for Sweden. Anna was a great politician, very popular and friendly, she was one of us and she represented our country in a way that made you proud of her. Sweden stands for humanity and equal rights, something she was working hard for. I can't belive something like this can happen, not here, it's not only an attack on her and her family but on the entire country. My thoughts are with her two sons, David and Filip, who are both still very young, as well as her husband.
I really really hope they catch the man who did this.
I don't understand why.
Thanks for making note of the sad fact that a family also lost a wife and mother. :sad:

DutchieGirl
Sep 12th, 2003, 01:04 AM
:sad: That really sucks!

Beat
Sep 12th, 2003, 01:22 PM
i was rather shocked yesterday, because the day before it was said that the injuries were not life-threatening. and then i heard the news that anna lindh had died. apparently the police is also considering the possibilty that it was a politically motivated attack.

*Bubbles*
Sep 12th, 2003, 05:21 PM
R.i.p Anna
I can't believe it. This is so surreal... :sad:
The police are yet to find the killer. Latest news is that they have someone on tape (the cameras were set to record on another floor) who matches the description given by witnesses.
I really hope they catch him soon.

YSL
Sep 12th, 2003, 06:33 PM
R.I.P Ms Lindh :sad:

Condolences to her family and to all the Swedish population. Hopefully justice will prevail and the culprit will be caught very soon.

TennisHack
Sep 13th, 2003, 05:19 AM
http://www.abc.net.au/news/justin/weekly/newsnat-13sep2003-22.htm
Posted :Sat, 13 Sep 2003 5:02 AEST

Thousands of Swedes honour murdered Foreign Minister

Clutching red roses and memories of one of Sweden's most beloved figures, tens of thousands of Swedes across the grieving nation paid an emotional tribute to their slain Foreign Minister, Anna Lindh.

Thousands of people, from toddlers in baby carriages to the elderly in wheelchairs, were drawn to central Stockholm's Sergels Torg square for a rally against violence.

The meeting was also aimed at exorcising fears the nation's politics were somehow hexed.

Ms Lindh's deadly stabbing on Wednesday local time forced many Swedes to flash back to images of the 1986 shooting, still unsolved, of then prime minister Olof Palme, another national hero.

Prime Minister Goeran Persson, Ms Lindh's political mentor and personal friend, stood somberly on a stage draped in a black curtain, as he urged the nation on Friday local time, to bond in an effort to overcome its grief together.

"Everything would have been so much more difficult if we were not able to share each other's grief," an emotional Mr Persson said as he thanked the crowd for attending a rally in support of non-violence.

"She was an important role model for many young women," he said in a quivering voice.

The photograph of a smiling Ms Lindh - recently voted the nation's fourth most admired woman, was draped in a black ribbon as it sat amid a bed of flowers on the stage.

A song An Angel in the Room by Swedish star Eva Dahlgren, echoed across the square as the massive crowd, some holding red roses and others waving Swedish flags, swayed silently in unison.

Some people climbed on top of cars or television trucks to catch a glimpse of the stage.

Sergels Torg square draws Stockholmers together at a time of national tragedy or crisis.

It hosted massive anti-Vietnam war demonstrations as well as those against former Chilean General Augusto Pinochet's iron-rule.

A huge gathering was also under way in Gothenburg in Sweden's second city and a bulwark of support for the Social Democrats, Ms Lindh's party.

There were also a number of smaller rallies across the country.

However, observing the Stockholm rally with more caution were campaigners occupying two wooden huts and bitterly opposing camps: those defending the krona and those who want to introduce the euro as Sweden's national currency.

Ms Lindh's sudden death at the hands of a knife-wielding assassin has overshadowed that bitter divide and preceding campaign.

But officials insist the currency referendum must go ahead on Sunday local time as planned.

One top campaigner from the pro-euro camp shifted uneasily as he watched the throngs of mourners begin to assemble.

"Of course, this situation is tricky for us," Tobias Sjo said, assistant political secretary of the Moderate Party which supports the euro.

"Most of the questions posed to us by the people have been about how we plan to deal with this tragedy and whether we should continue the campaign and not about the benefits of the euro.

"For natural reasons, people now mostly focus on other things."

Meanwhile, Mikael von Knoring of the pro-krona camp, stood cautiously next to another booth that was handing out pictures and roses in honour of Ms Lindh - a tireless pro-euro campaigner before her death.

"We are not really campaigning - everything has suddenly gone very quiet," Mr von Knoring said.

"We all have other things on our mind."

But Sweden's Prime Minister urged the crowd to come out and vote in a show that a single killer cannot slay the country's democratic tradition.

"The campaign activities and rhetoric have been called off, but not the responsibility that you and I share," Mr Persson said.

"We lost her but our anger and our loss shall not paralyse us."

-- AFP

Experimentee
Sep 13th, 2003, 04:59 PM
I didnt know she'd died. Thats terrible :sad:
She seems like a nice person, not a controversial character at all. The man must have been sick in the head to do something like this, i hope he is caught soon :mad: