February 28, 1986, Olof Palme, Swedish Prime Minister,
leader of the Social Democratic Party was gunned down on a Stockholm
street home from a cinema with his wife, Lisbet. A man in an
overcoat approached from behind, drew a Smith & Wesson revolver
and shot the premier in his back. While there are theories about
who could have been behind the murder, the identity of the culprit
remains a mystery.
Palme spent 3 months
following his graduation on a tour of the US, embarking with only
$300 in his pocket. He later said that what he heard and saw on
that trip influenced his political and social ideals. Upon his
return to Sweden, Palme studied law and then became personal secretary
to Swedish Prime Minister Tage Erlander, beginning a long career
in his country's government.
leader - "We had come to know him not only as a leader of
the Swedish people and an international statesman, but also as
one of us, a fellow combatant who has made an inestimable contribution
to the struggle for the liberation of South Africa... From Vietnam
to Nicaragua, from El Salvador to Palestine, from Sahara to South
Africa, across the face of the globe, the flags hang limp and
half mast in loving memory of this giant of justice who had become
a citizen of the world, a brother and a comrade to all who are
downtrodden." - Message of condolence by Mr. Oliver Tambo, President
of the African National Congress of South Africa.
Olof Palme murder: who covered it up? - The crimes of apartheid
against the peoples of southern Africa have been well known to
the world for a long time. They were swept under the rug by the
imperialist partners of the racist state for many years. But the
glorious struggle of the South African, Namibian Mozambican, Zimbabwean
and Angolan masses finally forced them into the open.
Olof Palme is considered
of the great heroes within the Swedish social democracy. Justice,
equality and peace were very close to his heart.
Palme: Worldly Premier of Sweden -- If one thinks of Sweden
in the last 30 years, the name Olof Palme will probably come to
mind. An energetic and imaginative politician in his day, Premier
Olof Palme introduced Sweden to the modern international arena
and dedicated himself to themes of "Socialism, Peace, and Solidarity."
He refused to be bound by the narrow-minded cold war mentality,
taking a strong stand against the Vietnam War and fighting for
liberation of oppressed people in third world countries. Yet Olof
Palmes controversial character eventually led to his demise.
On a seemingly calm evening in 1986 his brutal murder shocked
Sweden and the rest of the world. 1927-1986 - Winner 1998 Texas
Swedish Cultural Foundation Essay Contest
Legacy of Olof Palme -- The frail offspring of a wealthy conservative
family grew up to become the dynamic leader of Sweden's labor
movement-- and the object of intense hatred from reactionary forces
at home and abroad.
it have been George Bush who assassinated Olof Palme? --Message
posted on newsgroups 09/99 There is an ongoing discussion in Sweden
about the role of George Bush and the "parallel government" that
Bush led during the time of the assassination of Olof Palme in
1986. This discussion deals mainly with the Bush led secret arms-
and drugs business that is more known as the Iran/Contras-affair,
and the use of mercenaries in this business.
during the 70's -- In 1969, Olof Palme became minister of state.
He carried out two major reforms of the constitution; reducing the
chambers in the parliament from 2 to 1 in 1969 and in 1975 removing
the last of the monarch's constitutional powers. One of the constitutional
laws was changed. It was the order of succession which became cognate
from being agnate. This gave Sweden a female succession to the throne.
During the period 1970-1973, Palme had control over the parliamentarian
situation. The interest in labour-market questions was big and a
law, which increased job security, was established. The employer
could not fire a worker so easily anymore. In the general election
in 1973, the socialistic parties and the non-socialistic parties
got 175 places each in the parliament. The Palme administration
continued to govern the country but several times they had to draw
lots to decide on some issues. But the most important issues were
decided in agreement.
Palme also opposed the nuclear arms race and South African apartheid
and championed the Palestine Liberation Army and Castro's Cuba.
Anniversary of the Death of Olof Palme -- February 28, 1996
texts concerning the Palme murder -- Home pages for the Usenet
Truth Commission Files -- Olof Palme, the Swedish premier
and leader of the Social Democratic Part was an ardent opponent
Music for Olof Palme" -- In the midst of composing the "Fragments
of a Dream Play: the Growing Castle" news of the murder of Swedish
President, Olof Palme thrust itself upon the world. The composer,
who grew up in Sweden, felt drawn into the mood of the Swedish
people and was moved spontaneously to compose Funeral Music for
of Olof Palme b. 1927. d. 1986. -- Prime Minister of Sweden
1969-76 and 1982-86. Chairman of the Socialist Party 1969-1986.
The building which
houses the Anthropology and Sociology department was named after
Olof Palme, a graduate of Kenyon College and former prime minister
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