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Gothenburg Arrests Made Over Disturbances

Published fredag 28 augusti 2009 kl 13.58
Police resources have been stretched dealing with a number of disturbances in recent days

Police in Gothenburg have arrested eight young people connected to one of the areas affected by disturbances over the past ten days.

Police, fire fighters and ambulance crews have all come under attack by stone-throwing young people over the past ten days in different parts of Gothenburg. The latest incident happened on Thursday night when fire fighters, called to extinguish a blaze in a newspaper storage box in the district of Väst Frölunda, were set upon by a gang of youths pelting them with rocks. They ran off when police arrived on the scene.

Police say they don't know the reasons behind arson attempts on various cars, mopeds and buildings, including a nursery, and subsequent stone throwing attacks. They do suspect however that criminal gangs, prevalent in the Gothenburg area, are exploiting the social unrest to drain police resources as well as to recruit new members.

In turn, several young people have complained to the local newspaper "Göteborgs-Posten" about what they feel is police harassment in the area, commenting as well that the unrest is also a protest over high levels of youth unemployment.

On Friday, the newspaper reported that police had arrested eight youths in connection with earlier disturbances in the Hisingen area, the oldest was 22 years of age, and the youngest 14.

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