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Romani memorial site subject to hate crime – three detained

The Romani memorial in Bromölla has been vandalised. Three men were arrested on suspicion of the offence during the early hours of Monday. The police stopped them by chance in a car. It’s definitely a motivated hate crime,” says prosecutor Christofer Ramqvist.
The words "Nej ut!" have been graffitied on the memorial at Skräbeån in Bromölla and the pictures that tell the history of the Roma people have been chipped off.
The words "Nej ut!" have been graffitied on the memorial at Skräbeån in Bromölla and the pictures that tell the history of the Roma people have been chipped off.
Foto: Mikael Persson

Police stopped the car near Näsum just after midnight at 12.30 am on Monday. In it sat three men aged between 25 and 45 years old. They were arrested on suspicion of theft and vandalism. All three were detained on Monday.

Several signs were found in the car that the men are suspected of stealing from the Romani memorial at Skräbeån in Bromölla. The Regional Museum has constructed memorials in several places in Skåne where Roma people have lived and worked, including in Bromölla, Degeberga and Arkelstorp.

The stolen signs which were chipped off the memorial tell the history of the Romani people which is characterized by persecution and discrimination. Above the memorial the words "Nej ut!" (No out!) has been graffitied with white spray paint.

Three men have been detained for the vandalism. Prosecutor Christofer Ramqvist believes it was a motivated hate crime.
Three men have been detained for the vandalism. Prosecutor Christofer Ramqvist believes it was a motivated hate crime.
Foto: Mikael Persson
At lunchtime on Monday there was a hammer left at the crime scene.
At lunchtime on Monday there was a hammer left at the crime scene.
Foto: Mikael Persson

In 2019, the Romani memorial in Kivik and Sankt Olof were also vandalised. Prosecutor Christofer Ramqvist is leading the preliminary investigation. He believes it was a motivated hate crime by the perpetrators.

– Definitely. It’s no coincidence that they have vandalised a memorial site like this, he says.

According to police, the vandalism in Bromölla was discovered by coincidence.

– It was just a regular traffic control that got them caught in the net. No one knew about the theft, it was discovered there and then. These traffic controls give a lot, says Eva-Lotta Hermansson Truedsson.