Organizers of Sweden’s biggest music festival decided to cancel the 2018 event due to reports of rape and sexual assaults at this year’s event over the weekend.
Over 50,000 people come to the annual Bravalla Festival, where organizers have tried to beef up their efforts to address violence after five cases of rape and 14 cases of sexual assault were reported last year.
Despie these efforts, law enforcement authorities in the country’s south-eastern district of Ostergotland, where the event was held, said four rape cases and 23 sexual assault cases have been reported between Thursday and Sunday.
Sweden’s prime minister condemned the violence against women and called for stricter surveillance at such events.
FKP Scorpio, the German firm which organizes Bravalla, expressed shame that some men couldn’t behave properly and felt it was no longer safe to hold another festival.
“This is not OK. We do not accept this at our festival. Therefore, we have decided not to organize Bravalla 2018,” the company said in a statement.
The Daily Caller reports:
British band Mumford & Sons vowed to boycott the festival after being one of the headliners in 2016.
“We won’t play at this festival again until we’ve had assurances from the police and organizers that they’re doing something to combat what appears to be a disgustingly high rate of reported sexual violence,” the band said on its Facebook page after the 2016 festival.