Sweden: ‘Riots continue’

21 May 2013 – Presseurop Dagens Nyheter

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A second night of rioting swept across the Stockholm suburb of Husby, which is home to a mainly immigrant population, on May 20. Several cars were burned while masked youths threw stones at police.

The riots have been sparked by the May 13 death of a 69-year-old man, who was killed by police whom he allegedly threatened. But segregation and unemployment have also contributed to these events, argues Dagens Nyheter.

Members of the police force have been accused of using racist language in their dealings with the people of Husby. “They call us ‘negroes’ and ‘monkeys’”, complains Rami Al-Khamisi, a spokesman for Megafonen, a group that works with young people in the Stockholm suburbs.

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