We’ve posted previously about conditions in Rinkeby, which is a culturally-enriched suburb of Stockholm. Most stories of “youth” violence in Sweden seem to come from Rosengård in Malmö, but Rinkeby has now decided to climb on the bandwagon and hold its own riots.
Our Swedish correspondent Freedom Fighter has translated an article on the topic from Dagens Nyheter. The translator notes:
The riots in ethnic areas in Malmö have now reached Stockholm. Rinkeby is a multiethnic, mostly Muslim area of Stockholm, what we usually call a ghetto.
And the translated article:
Two arrested for rioting in Rinkeby
Two men in their 20s were arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of rioting in Rinkeby in western Stockholm. They were part of a larger group that attacked police officers and firefighters with stones, and set fire to a bank.
The police told DN.se [Sweden’s largest daily newspaper] that hundreds of youths caused problems and vandalism throughout Monday night.
“As soon as the police showed themselves, stones were thrown at them,” said Thomas Persson, spokesman of the Stockholm police, to DN.se.
The unrest began when a group of young men and young people were denied access to a school event for year nine. A janitor raised the alarm that the group was involved in vandalism and the police took a report.
“Paving stones rained down on the policemen,” said Gert Fredlin, the station officer at Stockholm Police. It was ‘pure luck’ that no one was injured during the clash, which lasted several hours.
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“A larger gang attacked the policemen with stones, and a policeman fired a warning shot,” said Fredlin.
The unrest continued, and more police arrived with dogs. At most, some 20 policemen were on the scene.
But that did not stop young people from setting several cars on fire, as well as the Nordea bank. While police vehicles were attacked with stones, the gang — which consisted of 40-60 people — destroyed bus shelters.
At 00:30 a large stone was thrown through the window of Nordea Bank and then a Molotov cocktail that started a small fire inside. The fire was extinguished, despite the fact that stone-throwing continued at both emergency workers and police.
The group also attacked the local police station. Gert Fredlin said that 23 windows were smashed. It was in connection with this incident that two men — 21 and 22 years old — were arrested. The two were transported to police headquarters in Solna, where they were held pending a hearing.
By 02:00 it was calm in the area. But police were still maintaining a presence “just in case” until four in morning, according to Fredlin.
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