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#OpenStockholm – At Their Best in the Midst of the Worst

2017 Stockholm Attack
#OpenStockholm - At Their Best in the Midst of the Worst

A driver plowed his truck into pedestrians in Stockholm, causing authorities to shut down public transportation.  How residents responded is barely reported.

This past Friday, four people were killed and over a dozen wounded when a driver plowed through pedestrians and crashed into a department store in Stockholm, Sweden.  Authorities cleared the area as quickly as they could, and shut down public transportation as they searched for the perpetrator.  As a result, people found themselves stranded throughout the city, unable to return to their homes or hotels.

Enter #OpenStockholm.  Social media users promoted the hashtag on multiple platforms as a way to find places to stay or transportation for people stranded during the shutdown, and to link people willing to open their homes with people in need of a place to stay.  Some of the messages in English include:

Facebook users also started a group to help people in Stockholm connect that weren’t using Twitter.

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There were some political messages passed around using the hashtag, but for the most part the messages were like the ones above; simple offers to care for others in the immediate aftermath of the tragic attack.  There’s always time enough to try to affix blame after a horrible event like this one.  But it warms the heart to see Stockholm’s residents helping each other, setting aside the other issues until they had made sure everyone was safe and had got where they needed to go.  Traditional media outlets aren’t covering these stories much, if at all, but the unity displayed at a time of national tragedy is important to cover too.

Feature image: By Frankie Fouganthin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Felicia Cravens is a freelance writer and conservative activist who has worked in Republican leadership for nearly two decades. She founded the Houston Tea Party Society and has spent years training and speaking to activists about party participation, conventions, parliamentary procedure, and messaging. Her work can also be found at Free Radical Network.

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