This Swedish City Dumped Chicken Poop In Its Park To Discourage People From Gathering

by Gizel Menezes
This Swedish City Dumped Chicken Poop In Its Park To Discourage People From Gathering
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, governments around the world have devised various tactics to deter people from leaving their houses, including the imposition of laws, fines, campaigns, etc. However, a Swedish city has decided to take a rather stinky approach to deal with the issue.
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Swedish City Dumps Chicken Poop In Its Park To Deter Crowds

Reportedly, the Swedish city of Lund has used a literally crappy tactic to discourage people from gathering in public spaces. The Lund Council ordered its workers to dump 1,000 kilograms (2,204 pounds) of chicken manure across its main city park to deter crowds from gathering on a public holiday.
Every year, Sweden celebrates Walpurgis night, an annual festival to mark the end of winter. Observed in many parts of Europe and Scandinavia, tens of thousands of people usually descend in the city to celebrate the Night, which is marked with songs and bonfires and drinking.
Defending the decision to spread a ton of chicken manure in the park, the city’s Mayor Philip Sandberg stated that manure will make the park stink, making it an unpleasant experience for people to be around. However, the mayor believes that apart from driving people away, the chicken poop, which is rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, will also help to fertilize the lawns.
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Sweden Has Not Imposed Strict Lockdown Measures In The Country

Unlike its neighbours, Sweden has been in the news for not imposing a strict lockdown in the country. Here, shops, restaurants and other establishments have continued to remain open and citizens have been asked to maintain social distancing.
Therefore, according to officials, it became necessary to deter people from gathering since the park in Lund could become an epicentre for the spread of the coronavirus.
However, despite measures, reports of coronavirus cases in Sweden continue to grow. The country of 10.3 million currently has 22,317 cases and 2,679 deaths as of Monday afternoon, a number far higher than its Nordic neighbors, who have also implemented stricter containment measures.