The organizers of Sweden’s Bravalla Music Festival have announced that the event will no longer be held, after cancelling this year’s festival following a wave of rapes and sexual attacks by Muslim migrants last year. The epidemic of mass sexual assaults by so-called “foreign men” at Swedish music festivals continues, with reports of nearly 40 assaults, including five rapes, at the country’s largest festival.
Breitbart (h/t Marvin W) Organizers FKP Scorpio announced that there are no plans to put on another Bråvalla festival again this after speculation that the festival may occur in 2019 despite being cancelled this year, Norrköpings Tidningar reports.
Kajsa Apelqvist, who heads public relations for the organisation, said: “It’s a very disappointing decision to take, but the overall picture we have is that we can not develop the festival in the way we want to be relevant to our visitors in the future.”
When asked about the wave of sex attacks at the festival, which resulted in the festival being cancelled this year, Apelqvist said: “We have always claimed that it is not a festival problem but a social problem. How we ensure our visitors’ safety is something we are constantly developing, and that’s something we’ll never finish.”
Last year, the festival saw at least 11 sex attacks, three of which led to arrests; the year before, nearly 40 young girls complained of being sexually harassed or abused by men often described as “foreign”.
Police spokesman Thomas Agnevik, who was at the festival, said: “I won’t comment about their background but they are young boys aged between 15 and 25.”
As a result of the sex attacks at Bråvalla and other music festivals in Sweden, feminist Emma Knyckare announced last year that she would plan a festival in which men were not allowed to attend to prevent sexual abuse and harassment. So far no such festival has taken place.
Sweden has experienced such attacks at festivals for years now, with dozens of girls assaulted by “Afghan youths” at a teenage festival in Stockholm in 2015.
Police were accused of a “cover-up” as they initially claimed there were “relatively few crimes”, with the attacks only making it into the media after the Cologne scandal broke.