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"Skrif ni edra tecken": Polisövervakning av arbetarrörelsens möten i Stockholm 1885-1918
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2009 (Swedish)In: Arbetarhistoria, ISSN 02817446, no 132, 26-30 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
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Police surveillance of Labor Movement meetings in Stockholm, 1885-1918

At the turn of the last century, the Swedish government perceived the Labor Movement as a threat to society. Many laws were passed to diminish this threat. It was left to the police to uphold these laws, and in 1885 the local Stockholm Criminal Investigation Department started to observe political meetings, mainly organized by social democrats. Between 1885 and 1918 at least 1 921 meetings were put under surveillance. However, very few people were convicted for crimes in connection to these meetings.

The problem for the police was that there wasn’t much to do about the Labor Movement, as it mostly kept itself within the juridical frames that were put up by the government. The surveillance, which at first had been an attempt to suppress the socialistic agitation by gathering evidence to enable prosecution, soon turned into routine work. Police reports were written the same way year after year, attempts to change what was reported failed, and unessential details were cited endlessly. Once the surveillance had started, it developed on its own terms, and became a bureaucratic apparatus.

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Stockholm: Arbetarrörelsens arkiv , 2009. no 132, 26-30 p.
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polisövervakning, övervakning, kriminalpolis, arbetarrörelse, Stockholmspolisen, kriminalavdelning, säkerhetspolis, poliskonstaplar, kriminalkonstaplar, bevakning, Socialdemokrati, byråkrati, informationsinsamling, rikets säkerhet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-33272OAI: diva2:282842
Available from: 2009-12-22 Created: 2009-12-22 Last updated: 2012-05-09Bibliographically approved

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