Riots in Stockholm

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Groups of youth have smashed shop windows, set cars ablaze and burnt down a cultural center as the riots that started in one Stockholm suburb after a fatal police shooting spread to other low-income areas of the Swedish capital.

Police spokesman Kjell Lindgren says seven people were briefly detained early Wednesday and one person was arrested on suspicion of arson of a cultural center housed in a 19th century building.

Lindgren says 30 vehicles were set ablaze in six suburbs where mainly immigrants live. Gangs of up to 60 youths also set fire to a school and a nursery and hurled rocks at police and fire fighters.

The unrest began Sunday in response to the May 13 shooting, in which police killed a 69-year-old, knife-wielding man in a northwestern suburb.


Source : Sapa-AP /pk
Date : 22 May 2013 11:09
 
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An elderly man armed with a machete was shot and killed by police officers who stormed an apartment in Stockholm on Monday evening.

The police were called out to a house in town Husby when they received notification that the man threatened several other people with the machete. Neighbors told the newspaper Expressen that 69-year-old stepped out on the balcony and swung the sword-like weapon against people crowding together under him.

A woman who was in the apartment with her husband. - On one occasion, the man came out and took a strangle hold on her, said an eyewitness. The police first tried to negotiate with the 69-year-old, who had shut himself inside the apartment with the woman.

- but the negotiations did not go well, says Lars Byström from the criminal police told the newspaper. The police decided to take action and threw a shock grenade into the apartment. Nevertheless, they were attacked by 69-year-old when they entered the residence. According to Byström police opened fire in self-defense. 69-year-old was hit and later died of his injuries in hospital.


And they riot over this sack of ****.

WTF Welcome to the New Sweden.
 

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Cars were burnt and stones thrown at the police, in the Stockholm suburb of Husby on Sunday night. But some witnesses say that the police were unnecessarily violent against unarmed youths. And local organisation Megafonen says that the riots were a protest against the police shooting of a 69-year-old man last week.

Police say that around 50 young people threw stones at them when they arrived on the scene after being called out at 10 PM, and that a firebomb was thrown at a school around 3 AM.

Around 80 people had to leave their apartments to escape the smoke, when cars in a nearby garage were set alight on Sunday night.

Local youth organisation Megafonen wants a formal apology from the police and an independent investigation into what happened when the pensioner was shot and killed in an apartment last Monday. Spokesman Rami Al-Khamisi says the family of the dead man, and the whole area, should have an apology, because people feel violated and threatened. He says local people fear for their lives, because of what the police have proven capable of doing.

The police have not yet commented on the youth organisation's call, nor do they think there is any link between the shooting of the 69-year-old man and the riots.

Bo Sundin, a local politician from Sweden's centre-right Moderate party agrees. He says he does not want to speculate whether the shooting is related to last night's riots - but he says that "evil forces" wanted the riots to happen, and that there are people who want to destroy Husby.

Eyewitnesses say 100-150 people participated in the riots. The number according to the police was between 50 and 60.

Melody Farshin has lived in Husby for 25 years and witnessed the riots. She says that the police yelled at her to go home and threatened to turn their dogs on her. "Eventually they got angry, and ran at us, shouting 'run home, or we'll set the dogs on you,'" she tells Swedish Radio. Melody Farshin adds that she has never felt so unsafe, and that unfortunately it was because of the police.

According to Megafonen the riots could have been prevented. "If the police had done their job, we wouldn't have had trouble last night" says spokesman Rami Al-Khamisi. "What we saw last night was a lot of people out to show how unhappy they are with the situation."

The police have not yet arrested anyone involved in the riots, but Lars Byström of the Stockholm police says that an investigation is underway.
 

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Sad news indeed. Don't make a mistake! Look who is rioting. This will strengthen the already high xenophobia feeling in Europe and Scandinavia in particular. England had a similar situation not long ago.

Surprised you didn't post this since it's closer to home and has that angle you love so much.
 

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Rami Al-Khamisi. "What we saw last night was a lot of people out to show how unhappy they are with the situation."
They got so unhappy that they started to burn down their neighbourhood?

Some pics: http://www.thelocal.se/gallery/news/3088/9/
I would be pretty pissed off if someone torched my car ...

From the article: http://www.thelocal.se/48050/20130522/
"We've had two nights with great unrest, damage, and an intimidating atmosphere in Husby and there is a risk it will continue," he said.

"We have groups of young men who think that that they can and should change society with violence. Let's be clear: This is not OK. We cannot be ruled by violence."

Comments from the locals: http://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?showtopic=58908
 
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Please go back to were you came from parasites and feel free to feel safe there. These idiots should be taken out by the police with live ammunition. It is amazing how immigrants are allowed to come and live in a country and then go about destroying and burning it and then complain about feeling unsafe when action is taken to protect the citizens against them. This world is really going retarded big way.
 

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http://www.thelocal.se/48026/20130520/

Police officers on hand during the Husby riot in northern Stockholm stand accused of using racist language towards people on the ground, with one youth worker in the area claiming it is "not the last time" such scenes will occur.

The officers on the scene allegedly used words like "monkeys", "rats", and "******s" to people in Husby on Sunday night, when at least one hundred cars were torched and three police officers were injured after stones were thrown at them.

A local youth leader, who along with a small group of teens was out on the street on Sunday, told local newspaper editor Rouzbeh Djalaie that he was called a ****** when he asked the police if they needed any help. The teens were called "monkeys".

"I can understand the police officers were stressed, but this language is unacceptable, and unfortunately nothing new," Rami al-Khamisi, law student and founder of youth organization Megafonen, told The Local.

Megafonen is a community-based organization in the area that aims to organize residents of Stockholm's northern suburbs to fight for social justice. Al-Khamisi, the founder of the organization, said the riots were a "reaction to police brutality against citizens, our neighbours".

"Last week, the police shot an old man who was holding a knife. How can they do this without taking responsibility? I can understand the reaction," he said.

Last Monday, police officers stormed the home of a 69-year-old Husby man who was brandishing a machete and shot him dead.

"You have to see what happened from a wider point of view. It's not the first time something like this has happened, and it's not the last. This is the kind of reaction when there isn't equality between people, which is the case in Sweden," he added.

Al-Khamisi said that the crowd was reacting to a "growing marginalization and segregation in Sweden over the past ten, 20 years" from both a class and a race perspective.

"Out in the suburbs the majority of people aren't white, and from a political perspective we're seen as a problem that politicians want to solve by sending more police. This is not a solution we agree with," he said.

Stockholm police, meanwhile, would not disclose whether any arrests had been made in relation to the incident, which continued from around 10pm on Sunday night until 5.30am on Monday morning.

"I cannot make a statement at present because the police investigation is under way," western Stockholm police spokesman Daniel Mattsson told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

He said that the police were tipped off about potential vandalism by concerned Husby residents who saw people with masks carrying cans containing some kind of liquid, and that just minutes later a car was burning.

Police have, however, filed 18 reports, ranging from violent rioting, causing damages, aggravated damages, attempted arson, and assault of an official.

Stockholm police officer Jörgen Karlsson said the accusations of racial slurs were "unfortunate".

"It's unfortunate if someone perceives they have been called that. But people can either make a police report or contact the local police," he told the TT news agency.

Al-Khamisi, meanwhile, said that it's unlikely that rioting in Sweden will stop any time soon.

"This kind of thing isn't only happening in Husby, it's happening all over Sweden. People are tired of politics not working in our favour, they're tired of the current situation," he told The Local.

"These people feel they have to take matters into their own hands."
 

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Burning cars: the smell of multiculturalism! I guess importing the 3rd world really paid off for them :D
 

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Sweden Burns, but all the left-wings nuts care about is how these parasites are being named by the police who just have gotten thrown rocks on them. :sick:
 

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Restaurant Torched in 4th night of Sweden Riots

Groups of youth have burnt down a restaurant, torched more than 30 cars and injured three police in a fourth night of riots in suburbs of the Swedish capital that started following a fatal police shooting.

Police spokesman Kjell Lindgren says at least 30 cars were set ablaze across western and southern Stockholm early Thursday. Firefighters said they have "never before seen so many fires raging at the same time."

Rioting youth also burnt down a restaurant in Skogas, south of Stockholm.

Lindgren says a 16-year-old girl was briefly detained on suspicion of preparing an arson attack, but was later sent home to her parents.

The unrest began Sunday in response to the May 13 shooting, in which police killed a 69-year-old, knife-wielding man in a northwestern suburb.


Source : Sapa-AP /pk
Date : 23 May 2013 09:30
 

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Four nights and counting...

It's heart-breaking to have this happening here.


It seems that the majority of rioters (if not all of them) are just using it as an excuse to be... well, barbaric. The thing to remember is that Husby is an immigrant suburb in Stockholm, they are burning the cars, homes and shops that are generally owned by other immigrants.

Things are kind of strange over here. Way too much privilege and not anywhere near enough discipline. In Denmark, for example, when the government tried to reduce costs by reducing the income students who live with their parents receive (yes, education is free and students get paid to study), you saw graffiti covering most train stations saying "**** GOVERNMENT FOR LOWERING SU!" And things to that effect.

Sweden has also been having trouble with refugees going on a hunger strike (Migrationsverket is overwhelmed, essentially), "demanding" residence and many of them have been rejected.

It's sad but Sweden can't (nor should it have to) take care of the world--it has its own people and its own problems to worry about. Especially with Europe being heavily hit by the ye olde economic crisis.

WTF Welcome to the New Sweden.

Despite things like this making the headlines and being a genuine problem, this isn't "Sweden," not by any measure. This is, however, a problem with Migrationsverket failing to properly integrate refugees into society and with refugees being unwilling to integrate.

Although, what more they can do, I don't know. They offer free education for immigrants, gaining residency requires that they meet some standard of Swedish and knowledge about Swedish culture, that they be registered for Arbetsförmedlingen (essentially the Swedish employment agency).

But when it comes to actually integrating with the society, they just don't. Whether that is the fault of the locals being very "shy" and that they tend to stick to their own, or the refugees for simply failing to proactively find a way, who knows.

I think many of these youth actually grew up and went to school here, so... I don't really understand their motives, to be honest. I don't think anyone does.

There's also a bit of xenophobia of sorts here: people don't want to hire people with "non-Swedish-sounding" names but most Swedes are still very accepting of foreigners and many go out of their way to try and make them feel welcome (shop-keepers putting up welcome signs in small rural towns, etc).

But Sweden is still the great, proud and noble country it has always been. And it'll bounce back from this.

I think everyone here is just hoping government and Migrationsverket catch a wake-up call and realise that things can't keep going on like this.
 

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Despite things like this making the headlines and being a genuine problem, this isn't "Sweden," not by any measure.

Was just making fun of some other mybb member.

In Denmark, for example, when the government tried to reduce costs by reducing the income students who live with their parents receive (yes, education is free and students get paid to study), you saw graffiti covering most train stations saying "**** GOVERNMENT FOR LOWERING SU!" And things to that effect.

Sounds like the bunch we sent over to Cuba.
 

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Sounds like the bunch we sent over to Cuba.

I thought the same thing :p

Regarding that, I feel it's important to let people make it on their own. Support them when they need it but don't hand life to them on a silver platter. People just grow up with an overinflated sense of entitlement and believe that the world "owes" them something for just being alive.

People need to learn humility and scum like these rioters never did but you can bet your ass that many of their parents, who fled their countries, did. It's just sad that that humility never rubbed off on them.

We have a few Middle-Eastern refugee/immigrant families living in our complex and they are good, hard-working and very kind people. I detest the toxic generalisation of "all immigrants are evil" that seems to fill much of the media here. But it's difficult to not feel that some just don't fit in because they refuse to.

But the same applies to many Eastern European immigrants.

It's such a complicated subject and generalisations don't help anyone. But, sometimes it's hard not to making sweeping statements since it's easier to just get a vague point across...

/wafts on
 

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Riots hit Stockhold for a fourth night

Rioters torched cars and attacked local police stations in 15 immigrant-populated Stockholm suburbs in a fourth night of riots on Thursday, shattering Sweden's image as a peaceful and egalitarian nation.

The riots have sparked a debate in Sweden about the assimilation of immigrants, who make up about 15 percent of the population, as many of them struggle to learn the language and find employment despite numerous government programmes.

The fire brigade said it was called to some 90 different blazes during the night, most of them caused by rioters.

Early Thursday, rocks were thrown at a local police station in the Kista district, near the suburb of Husby where the riots began on Sunday night, and rocks were thrown at two local police stations south of the Swedish capital.

In the southern suburb of Skogaas, a restaurant was badly damaged after it was set ablaze.

"We are gradually becoming more like other countries," said Aje Carlbom, a social anthropologist at Malmoe University.

The troubles are believed to have been triggered by the fatal police shooting of a 69-year-old Husby resident last week after the man wielded a machete in public.

The man then fled to his apartment, where police have said they tried to mediate but ended up shooting him dead in what they claimed was self-defence.

Local activists said the shooting sparked anger among youths who claim to have suffered from police brutality. During the first night of rioting, they said police had called them "tramps, monkeys and negroes."

Two people, including one police officer, have been reported injured in the four nights of rioting.

Police meanwhile downplayed the scale of the events.

"Every injured person is a tragedy, every torched car is a failure for society... but Stockholm is not burning. Let's have a level-headed view of the situation," said Ulf Johansson, deputy police chief for Stockholm county.

Residents of immigrant-populated areas are suffering from segregation, anthropologist Carlbom told AFP.

"Living as a young person in these segregated areas can be very hard in many ways. You have virtually no contact with other Swedes and a lot of times I don't think you have a good understanding of Swedish society," he said.

Sweden has in recent years been one of Europe's top destinations for immigrants, both in absolute numbers and relative to its size.

In the past decade it has welcomed hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and the Balkans, among others.

This is not the first time the Scandinavian country has seen riots among immigrants.

In 2010, up to 100 youths threw bricks, set fires and attacked the local police station in the immigrant-heavy suburb of Rinkeby for two nights.

And in 2008, hundreds of youths rioted against police in the southern Swedish town of Malmoe, sparked by the closure of an Islamic cultural centre in the suburb of Rosengaard that housed a mosque.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday blamed the recent violence on "hooligans" and said Thursday they were not representative of the majority in those areas.

"I think it's dangerous to draw a picture of a Sweden with a capital separated from its suburbs. I don't think that's true. I think the dividing line runs straight through Husby, with a majority population and then a small group of troublemakers," Reinfeldt said in parliament.

Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag meanwhile attributed the violence to high unemployment and social exclusion in Sweden's immigrant-dominated areas.

"We know that there is discrimination in these areas, and these events don't improve the image of these areas, where there is a lot of positive stuff going but which is totally eclipsed right now," he told TT.

In the suburb of Husby, overall unemployment was 8.8 percent in 2012, compared to 3.3 percent in Stockholm as a whole, according to official data.

And a total of 12 percent in Husby received social benefits last year, compared to 3.6 percent in Stockholm as a whole.

The riots have received international media attention, with some comparisons being drawn to similar problems assimilating immigrants in other European countries such as Britain and France.


Source : Sapa-AFP /sdv
Date : 23 May 2013 16:23
 

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[...]a social anthropologist at Malmoe University.[...]

[...]the southern Swedish town of Malmoe[...]

Goddamnit. That's Malmö! And it's not a "town." It's Sweden's third largest city, with 303,000-people living in it! :mad:

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday blamed the recent violence on "hooligans" and said Thursday they were not representative of the majority in those areas.

"We know that there is discrimination in these areas, and these events don't improve the image of these areas, where there is a lot of positive stuff going but which is totally eclipsed right now," he told TT.

Thank goodness, some sense at last :)
 
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