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Village shows support to harassed Somalis

Published lördag 25 augusti 2012 kl 11.06
Around 300 people took part. Photo: Mikael Fritzon/Scanpix

Around 300 locals took part in a torchlight parade in the southern Swedish village of Forserum Friday night to protest against the alleged harassment of a group of Somali refugees in the area.

The Somalis have complained of verbal and physical abuse, being spat at, and the Somali association in the village has had its windows smashed. Many in the Somali community kept their children home from school this week, worried about their safety, news agency TT reports.

Several hundred local residents took part in the rally to show their support, saying that the troublemakers are only a small gang. Local politician Anders Karlsson called the attacks "Totally unacceptable".

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