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Proposal to build addicts-only zone in Swedish town tabled

June 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM

FALKOPING, Sweden, June 19 (UPI) -- A glass-enclosed area in downtown Falkoping, Sweden, giving alcoholics and drug users a place to socialize, was proposed and then tabled by local politicians.

The proposal by two members of the Moderate Party called for a space akin to a bus shelter in the central square of the village of 13,000 where addicts could spend time with each other, not feel isolated from society and lessen their public disturbances, party member Christine Joremus told the newspaper Aftonbladet.

"They should also be able to live the good life," her proposal read in part.

"The proposal does talk about giving them a place where they can see other people," said co-sponsor of the proposal Hakan Arnesson.

Other politicians voiced their opposition, the Swedish news website The Local reported.

"This just feels like an updated version of a leper colony," commissioner and opposition Social Democratic Party leader Conny Johansson told the newspaper.

The proposal was tabled this week, soon after it was introduced, The Local said.

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