They speak warmly of a strict drug policy. Then a journalist found traces of cocaine in the party toilets.

They speak warmly of a strict drug policy.  Then a journalist found traces of cocaine in the party toilets.

The revelation sparked a state of panic in the corridors of the Swedish National Assembly.

On Wednesday, there was a vote of no confidence in the Swedish climate minister in the Riksdag. But what stole the headlines was the discovery of cocaine in the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The short version

The word “snow chaos” took on a new meaning in the Swedish Parliament on Wednesday. Then he came Aftonbladet With detection.

The newspaper journalist was inside RiksdagRiksdagThe Swedish National Assembly, i.e. the Swedish Parliament. To meet various parties. The topic was drug policy. But she had more than a notebook in her bag. After the interviews, she wiped down the sinks and toilets in the party restrooms. She used a special handkerchief that was supposed to have an anti-cocaine effect.

The results, confirmed in the laboratory, were disappointing. Traces of cocaine were found in the toilets of four of the eight parties in the Riksdag. This applies to the Sweden Democrats, Liberals, Social Democrats, and the Left Party.

The results sparked intensified crisis management. And allegations of hypocrisy.

Everyone will be drug tested

The big question now is who are the perpetrators? Because drug use is against the law and the declared policy of both parties.

To access these restrooms, you must have an access card or be invited by someone who has one. They could be politicians and others who work there, or someone visiting. This is what politicians are keen to highlight.

Sweden Democrats leader Jimmi Åkesson believes it is perfectly reasonable to drug test everyone Riksdag for the answer.

Sweden Democrats leader Jimmi Åkesson has proposed drug testing the entire parliament to find out who may have used cocaine.

Sweden Democrats leader Jimmi Åkesson has proposed drug testing the entire parliament to find out who may have used cocaine.

On the other hand, Vänsterpartiet leader Nooshi Dadgostar proposed carrying out the same drug test in Aftonbladet's toilets. She later retracted that. She excused herself by saying that she was frustrated that journalists were not writing more about the health care system.

Inter-party meetings are now being held in the Riksdag to discuss what happened.

The results do not surprise police. says Police Chief Karen Gotland Aftonbladet Drugs can be found almost everywhere, including workplaces where drugs are particularly bad, such as in the Swedish Parliament, in the police and in the healthcare system.

– Security risk

Lennart Carlsson of the Swedish Anti-Narcotics Police Association points out that there is also a security risk that buyers become dependent on contact with criminals.

– There is a big security risk no matter which team you belong to, but in this case it is the Swedish Parliament, he tells Aftonbladet newspaper.

It is known that there are large quantities of cocaine in circulation in Sweden. Much gang crime is fueled by conflict over drug markets. Use has also been disclosed in Wastewater analysis.

Commentator Matthias Svensson says I Svenska Dagbladet And politicians are not even able to stop drugs in Parliament.

He points out that politicians at the same time support a strict drug policy and often moralize about “party addicts.”

Oisin Cantwell, a commentator in Aftonbladet, writes that Sweden has the strictest drug laws in the Nordic countries. He believes the policy has not worked.

– If it also turns out that some members of the Riksdag themselves are digging deep into a bag of cocaine, it is appropriate that we have opinions on the matter. He writes that it is not unreasonable to impose high moral demands on those who make the laws we must all follow.

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