Anton Abele (2013)
January 10, 1992 |
Anton Abele (born January 10, 1992) is an activist, debater, politician and member of the Swedish Parliament. He entered the political scene as an anti-violence activist following the death of 16-year-old Riccardo Campogiani, who was beaten to death at a party in the centre of Stockholm in October 2007.
Abele received the human rights award "Free Your Mind" at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 in Munich in November 2007. In January 2008, two major Swedish newspapers independently awarded Abele their "2007 Stockholmer of the Year" prize. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden acknowledged Abele's initiatives in his televised Christmas speech on December 25, 2007. In the same speech the King also said that "Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something". In May 2008, Abele and his Swedish campaign "Stop Street Violence" received the "2008 Most Important Communication Effort" award.
Anton Abele has held a number of speeches and presentations. The Council of Europe invited Anton Abele to participate in the conference "Building a Europe For and With Children-Towards a Strategy for 2009-2011" in Stockholm, and to hold the speech "Children Changing Societies" on September 8, 2008. On April 30, 2008, Abele held the traditional Spring Speech at Skansen, Stockholm. The theme for the speech was "Change". At the demonstration against street violence in October 2007, Abele gave a speech to over 10,000 people, who had gathered in Stockholm to show their disgust against violence. Anton Abele is frequently invited to speak at various events. These events most often have the escalating violence and actions against it as the topic.
As a result of this initiative, triggered mainly by young people to young people, the topic of escalating violence and insecurity among young people has been lifted to governmental level.
Non-profit organisation & activism
Abele created a Swedish Facebook group called "Bevara oss från gatuvåldet" (Save us from street violence). In one week, the group grew to having more than 100,000 members. In addition, on October 12, 2007, Anton Abele arranged the demonstration "Stop street violence" with more than 10,000 young people and adults participating in Stockholm. Simultaneously with the massive demonstration in Stockholm, anti-violence demonstrations were also held in other major cities in the Nordic region.
Abele founded a non-profit organisation called Stoppa Gatuvåldet (Stop Street Violence), which now operates several projects against violence. The main focus of the group, is to increase the understanding of the medical and legal consequences of violence mainly among young people. The group also works with ethical issues and works toward changing attitudes. The group, which is politically and religiously independent, has both young people and adults as members. On February 10, 2008, the group organised a conference "Stop Street Violence" bringing together over 1,000 young people and adults in the Stockholm City Hall.
On October 14, 2010 Abele became the youngest ever Member of the Swedish Parliament when he was chosen from the top of the Moderate party MP short list to take the seat of Anna König Jerlmyr who was named the new deputy mayor of Stockholm. On 25 July 2013 Abele announced that he will finish his term and not run for re-election in the 2014 elections, citing disillusionment with the working climate at the Riksdag. 
- Young Swedes fight against street violence From sweden.se
- MTV honours 15-year old Anton Abele from Stockholm MTV EMA Munich 2007 Free Your Mind
- Tens of thousands to demonstrate against street violence From thelocal.se
- The Crown Princess Participates in Manifestation Against Street Violence From royalcourt.se
- Anton, 18, to be youngest ever Swedish MP
- ”Jag lämnar Riksdagen”, Swedish Radio P1, Accessed 25 July 2013
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- stoppagatuvaldet.nu - Stop Street Violence website (Swedish)