Terrorist attacks come in many different forms and have become more and more difficult to combat and prevent. Extreme precautionary measures may need to be taken and, in Sweden, that might even include a ban on all vehicular traffic in the location of a recent incident.
“(Cars have become) effective murder machines and must simply be removed from city centres (sic) and places where people gather, if people are to be protected in the future,” journalist Eva Franchell wrote in Sweden’s top newspaper Aftonbladet.
Franchell continued by saying that due to their easy availability (either owned or stolen), they have become the terrorists’ new weapon and attacks such as the one on Friday in Stockholm that killed four people and the one last July in Nice, France, are merely examples of a troubling trend.
The reporter contended that “Most problems with regards to mobility and public transport can be solved, and deliveries to shops and restaurants could take place at times when people aren’t out on the streets.”
“Vehicles have been allowed to dominate our cities for decades and it’s the people who need space. It’s vital now that cars be regulated”
Karolina Skog, Sweden’s environment minister, had already proposed a reduction of the number of cars in the country’s cities on two stances – one for carbon emissions and the other for gender equality. “Cars are driven largely by men so by giving a lot of space to cars; we’re giving a lot of space to men — at the expense of women,” she said.
Stockholm is very popular with both locals and tourists alike and the capital of Sweden is considered the cultural, political, media and economic center of the country.
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