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Sweden Implements Unprecedented Security Measures for Eurovision

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Photo: Sweden Implements Unprecedented Security Measures for Eurovision Source: polisen-se.
Photo: Sweden Implements Unprecedented Security Measures for Eurovision Source: polisen-se.

In the Swedish city of Malmö, which is hosting Eurovision this year, extraordinary security measures have been put in place ahead of the competition. This was reported by the Swedish publication Aftonbladet.

The first semi-final of Eurovision will take place in the evening on May 7th. From early in the morning, the central part of the city, aside from fans from dozens of European and worldwide countries, has been filled with hundreds of law enforcement officers equipped with serious weaponry. Particularly, observation points and sniper positions with long-range rifles have been set up on rooftops surrounding the concert hall where the competition will be held.

Many cameras have also been installed near the concert venue, with their feeds constantly monitored by law enforcement personnel. At the entrance to the venue, spectators must undergo mandatory checks similar to those at airports. Alongside the standard list of prohibited items like cold and firearms, explosives, glass, and other dangerous objects, attendees are also prohibited from bringing bags, political symbols, and Palestinian flags.

It's noted that in support of local police, officers from other Swedish cities and even neighbouring countries like Denmark and Norway have arrived in Malmö.

One of the reasons for these security measures is Israel's participation in Eurovision. Specifically, on Thursday and Saturday, large demonstrations are planned in Malmö against Israel's involvement in Eurovision due to the ongoing military operation against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Another reason for the extraordinary security measures is the increased interest of Islamist terrorists in Sweden following several provocative acts related to the burning of the Quran last year.

Recall that The Gaze reported that the winner of Eurovision 2016, Jamala, will represent Ukraine at the 2024 song contest. The singer will announce the points for the first time after winning the competition in Stockholm with the song "1944." It's worth mentioning that the Crimean Tatar singer brought Ukraine its second victory in Eurovision history.

Ukraine will be represented at Eurovision 2024 by the duo Alyona Alyona & Jerry Heil with the song "Teresa & Maria." Recently, they performed at the largest promo concert in the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam.

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