For the past two nights major riots have erupted in Husby, a culturally enriched suburb of Stockholm. The legacy media accounts — whether written in Swedish, Norwegian, or English — have fastidiously avoided mentioning the ethnicity of the rioters. According to The Local, they are “youths”, “young people”, and “teenagers”. The only hint the media give us is when they say that police used horrifying racial epithets (“monkeys” and “niggers”) to refer to the boisterous lads doing the rock-throwing and fire-setting.
The fact that videos show the rioters shouting “Allahu akhbar!” while attacking the police provides another hint, but that little inconvenient piece of evidence is probably available only on YouTube.
According to tonight’s news reports, the riots have spread to other immigrant suburbs of Stockholm, such as Tensta and Rinkeby.
Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has translated two articles about events in Husby. The first, from Avpixlat, was posted late last night when the breaking news from Husby was just starting to come in. It says “at least four cars have been torched”, but later reports gave the number as “at least one hundred” before the night was over:
Currently: Riots and car fires in Husby
Riots broke out just after 22:00 in the densely immigrant-populated suburb Husby outside of Stockholm. At least four cars have been torched, and Molotov cocktails were used. Rescue services and the police have arrived at the scene to try to restore calm and order and put out the fires. There is a huge police presence at the scene.
Several immigrants, many of whom are dressed in traditional Muslim garb, are believed to have been involved in skirmishes with the police. It is not yet known whether there are religious motives behind the riots. One police officer is reported to have been injured. None of the rioters has so far been arrested, but several arrests are expected to be made during the night.
The police have dismissed claims that the riots were triggered by the death of a knife-wielding man in the area a couple of days ago killed by police officers who were forced to discharge their service weapons.
According to rumors individuals affiliated with the multicultural organization Megaphone were among the instigators of the riots.
This is a tweet from one of the leaders of the organization Bana Bisrat, who is a journalist at the local newspaper Norra Sidan [“North Side”], in an apparent attempt to fuel the hatred towards the police during the evening:
“Chaos in Husby. Hatehatehateeee the police pigs until the day I die. Mark my words, to the day I diiiiie.”
From today’s Dagbladet, more about the continuing riots in Husby:
Breaking news: “We want to see police officers getting injured”
Despite the large police presence there are reports of several car fires in several of the outer lying suburbs of Stockholm.
LATEST: Three police cars have been damaged and several other cars are on fire in several suburbs outside the central district of Stockholm, according to Expressen [Swedish tabloid newspaper].
“The situation is escalating and we now have reports of cars burning in Kista, Tensta and Rinkeby.” [Stockholm suburbs with high percentages of immigrants]
There are no reports of injured persons
“It’s just a matter of time before a police officer gets hurt — we want to see a police officer get injured,” reporters from Expressen were told just before 23:00 after talking with the youths who also decided to riot tonight in Husby in Stockholm.
The suburb is also being evacuated tonight due to toxic fumes, explosions and car fires.
It is the second night of riots in the suburb of approximately 11,000 inhabitants. Yesterday nearly 100 cars were torched as well as a car park structure and a school. A police officer was attacked by a gang.
There are also ongoing clashes between police and youths. Around 20 masked youths are throwing stones at the police and personnel form the fire departments. It all started with a series of explosions and one reporter from Expressen was almost hit by a metal pipe. Several terrified individuals ran from the area when the explosions started.
Conflict between youths and police
This youth organization Megafonen explains the background of the conflict between the police and youths:
“We have to keep in mind that this area has the highest youth unemployment in Sweden. Young people here don’t have high prospects for the future, and there is frustration among the youths here; they don’t have a lot of confidence in the authorities,” representatives from the organization tell Expressen.
“We need to understand the underlying motives for the riots, and understand why they are taking place. We need to understand the situation, move on — and find out what we can do about it.”
Niklas Svensson, a reporter from Expressen, had to take shelter inside a unit at 22.15 tonight after a gang of youths started throwing stones at the police close to where he was standing.
“It is impossible for the police to anticipate such attacks, nor can we. It had been quiet and then all of a sudden this gang of youths appears with stones in their hands,” says Svensson of Expressen‘s evening broadcast program, “Prime Time”.
From his sheltered position inside one of the unit, Svensson says “A gang of masked youths just ran past screaming ‘put down the cameras, put down the cameras’.”
Three cars are burning
There are confirmation that three cars in a car park are burning.
“Three cars are on fire in Oslo Gatan (Oslo Street). It’s chaos,” says an Aftonbladet reporter at the scene.
“I fear that the situation will escalate throughout the evening, just like yesterday.”
A resident that Expressen talked to believes that the situation tonight, at least for the time being, is calmer than it was last night.
“It started like an explosion last night, and it was tense, but tonight it’s calmer. There are still many adults out and about and what happened appears to be an isolated event,” said a witness and Husby resident who was interviewed by Expressen.
Hat tip for the English-language articles: Fjordman.