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SPOTLIGHT photographer gets police state welcome

  • The police state in Sweden responded like dutiful stooges when called upon by the global elite to detain independent journalists.
By Christopher Bollyn

Bilderberg conferences are always planned to provide maximum secrecy and security to protect the identities of the participants. The Wallenbergs, whose investment company, Investor, hosed this year's confab at Quality Hotel Stenungsbaden, took extraordinary, and quite possibly illegal, measures to keep members of the press from getting anywhere near the hotel.

Swedich riot police apparently violated the rights of several journalists covering the conference by illegally kidnaping and detaining them without formally charging them with any offense.


As The SPOTLIGHT's photographer, I was seized by police with dogs from private property that I had permission to be on adjacent to Quality Hotel Stenungsbaden, detained, driven out into the woods of Sweden and left on the side of a remote country road.

When I asked the police under what law I was being detained, the arresting officer replied, 'police law number 13."

A young Swedish journalist had be sitting with me on a private dock next to the hotel when Bilderberg security chief, Per Johansson, shouted from inside the resort's perimeter fence to leave the area.

The Swede explained that they were on private property that did not belong to the hotel, but Johansson told them that they had 10 seconds to leave the area.

We then went to the house of the property owner and asked him if we could sit on his dock, which he agreed to. He said he was personally mystified by the strange "silence" about the unusual goings on in the hotel next door.

On the way back to the dock Swedish police with dogs forced the two of us to leave the property. I went back to the property owner and was explaining the problem to him when a policeman with a fog forced his way between us and began pushing me out of the homeowner's yard saying, "You are coming with me."

I explained that I had permission to be there as was working for an American newspaper. Asked again by what law we were being detained, the policeman replied: "Police law, number 13."

Police law, paragraph 13, gives Swedish police the authority to detain and remove from the area a person who is either in danger or poses a threat to society. The law, which is usually applied to rioters or drunks, was loosely interpreted and liberally applied at Stenungsbaden to provide greater secrecy for the Bilderberg conference.

We were driven in a van with six riot policemen out on a country road, far from the hotel or our vehicles, and let out with no explanation whatsoever.

The SPOTLIGHT has formally complained to the Gothenburg Police Department. SPOTLIGHT reporter Jim Tucker explained to the investigating officers that such illegal detention would be considered "kidnaping" in the United States, regardless of whether it was done by the police of anyone else.

Asked by Tucker if "Police Law 13" was a legislative act or their own regulation, the two female investigating officers seemed confused, but thought it was department regulations.

Earlier, Tucker had confronted Johannson, who had chowen to stroll outside the compound, over the incident. To each question, he remained mute, replying with a silly grin.

Nina Ersman, press counselor at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, refused to moment when asked if the Swedish police were acting legally and correctly when they detained and waylaid us.