The prime minister says that the riots in the suburb of Husby were started by a core of “angry young men who think they can change society with violence”. He says that this is not part of exercising free speech in Sweden.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon Fredrik Reinfeldt said that the unrest could well continue, and that everyone has to help to calm the situation, and give the residents back their local area.
The prime minister adds that he feels Husby is on the right track, but that more needs to be done to bring resources for education and support for young people in the area. He said that social exclusion needs to be tackled “this is the best integration policy, to learn the language, to get education and in that way find your way in life.”
News agency AP reports that around 80 percent of the 11,000 residents of Husby are first or second-generation immigrants.
The police have been accused of brutality and racist language during their operations in Husby in the last two nights. Prime minister Reinfeldt says “We need to support the work that police and the legal system are doing no, under very difficult conditions. But with that said, I have noted people have objected to how the police behaved. While I have no proof of this, I think it’s also something to be taken seriously.”
Seven boys aged 15-19 have been arrested during the riots so far. A police spokesman says to TT that three of them are not Husby residents.
There was also rioting in the southern suburb of Fittja on Monday night, with around 30 youths throwing stones and setting cars on fire.