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more riots in Stockholm suburbs

Two arrested after night of riots

Updated torsdag 23 maj 2013 kl 16.09
Published torsdag 23 maj 2013 kl 09.13
Photo: Johan Nilsson / Scanpix

Swedish emergency services had to deal with a fourth night of riots as cars were set alight by youths in several areas west and south of Stockholm.

Police spokesman Kjell Lindgren says to SR International that ten cars were torched in Husby with other public disorder incidents in other suburbs, including Hjulsta, Solna, Farsta, and Jakobsberg.

Firefighters told media they have "never before seen so many fires raging at the same time."

A restaurant in Skogås was also burnt to the ground while police district offices in Rågsved and Brandbergen in Haninge were attacked by youths but no lasting damage was done.

Hussein Al-Asadi, an 18-year-old from Tensta who was in Husby last night, told SR International that the Swedish media was exaggerating the riots.

"They make things sound worse than they are. If a car is burning, they say "ah it's an explosion", if it is a ball that's thrown, they say "ah it is a bomb". It has burned and burned big but not like the media describes. They exaggerate and then other young people say "We must help those here".

The unrest began in the largely immigrant Stockholm suburb of Husby last Sunday in response to the police shooting of a 69-year-old man in his flat.

Several rallies against violence were held in Husby last night, including one by a young girls' network called Streetgäris. Several organisations working against street violence were also visible, trying to engage youths in dialogue and calm the situation.

Two 18-year-old males appeared at a remand hearing on Thursday over the riots in Husby. One was released while the other was remanded into custody.
Both are reported to be still suspects for several crimes, including arson. 

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