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Valborg festivities end in violence

‘No worse than a normal weekend night’: Police

Published tisdag 1 maj 2012 kl 10.37
The Valborg bonfire at Riddarholmen in Stockholm attracted large crowds. Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix.

As tens of thousands welcomed the onset of spring, traditional songs and bonfires gave way to fighting and assaults in some Swedish cities on Monday night, reports news agency TT.

In central Uppsala police arrested more than an hundred for drunken disorderly behavior and several cases of assault and battery. However in Lund, where 25,000 took to the streets to celebrate, police reported fewer arrests than on a normal Friday or Saturday evening.

The capital was quieter though several robberies and assaults were reported and police reported they had too few officers to cope with the crowds. In the Farsta district four people were attacked by a gang and two of the victims needed hospital treatment.

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