UPS stops delivering to Swedish neighborhood as drivers get attacked

The American delivery firm has reportedly stopped delivering parcels to a infamous neighborhood in Malmo, Sweden, usually labeled a “no-go zone,” following a wave of assaults on their drivers.

Providing postal providers for Rosengard, a neighborhood within the southern metropolis of Malmo, proved to be too harmful for UPS, in accordance to local media. The revelation got here to gentle after an area man, Marco Padoan, ordered supply of enterprise playing cards to his dwelling tackle.

Instead, he acquired a UPS message saying they failed to ship the parcel to the door and diverted it to the corporate’s workplace in central Malmo. The firm that printed out his enterprise playing cards defined in an e-mail that UPS stopped servicing the realm as a result of the drivers risked being uncovered to robberies or different crimes.

The postal service itself didn’t reply to Padoan’s queries. However, Sydsvenskan newspaper did handle to get the next confirmation: “Our drivers have been attacked and therefore we have decided not to hand out packages at [the district].”

The firm didn’t give any additional rationalization to the restriction. RT has requested remark from UPS.

Rosengard, a troubled, immigrant-dominated neighborhood, has gained notoriety due to a spike in violent crime recorded lately. Gun violence, armed robberies, and different offenses appear to have change into commonplace there, in accordance to media stories. The district, affected by unemployment and poverty, has beforehand appeared on an inventory of Sweden’s ‘vulnerable areas’, which some media and native politicians refer to as ‘no-go zones’. 

The Swedish authorities has constantly rejected utilizing the time period, admitting that whereas there are difficulties in sure neighborhoods, they aren’t locations wherein police and different businesses can’t successfully work. But in 2017, a number of police chiefs mentioned in a broadly quoted article that there have been parallel societies in Malmo and different cities whose members reject the “basic institutions of [Swedish] society.”

They additionally complained that it was “hard for police to fulfil [their] mission” in these neighborhoods due to heavy gang presence, inadvertently fueling a nationwide debate on ‘no-go zones’.

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