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Researchers call for investigation into Husby riots

Published söndag 2 juni 2013 kl 11.20
A burned out car in Husby, pictured in May. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand / Scanpix

In a joint opinion piece published in the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet on Sunday, ten researchers have challenged politicians to establish a commission that would investigate the recent unrest in the Stockholm suburb of Husby, as well as the general situation in troubled suburbs like it.

They write that the big Swedish cities have become the most segregated in northern Europe, and that it was more or less predictable that these kind of things would happen. Last month, a string of car burnings and stone throwing characterized the nights in Husby and other Swedish suburbs.

The researchers, among them sociologists and cultural geographers from both Sweden and the UK, hold that a commission will help Sweden understand what to do so that these events do not repeat themselves.

Sweden established a similar commission to study the Gothenburg riots of 2001, when there were violent confrontations between police and demonstrators who were protesting during an EU summit held in the city.

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