local youth, known criminals and violent left wing activists blamed for disturbances

Police detain "Football hooligans and neo-Nazis"

The wave of disturbances in Stockholm suburbs appear to have lessened Friday night, but violence spread to some towns farther away, and the Stockholm police were involved in confrontations with right wing extremists.

Police had to intervene to stop a group of 50-60 of what the newspaper Dagens Nyheter called “vigilantes” made up of “football hooligans and neo-Nazis” from attacking other people in the southern suburb of Tumba.


The group later moved on to Mälarhöjden, where police took some into custody. A police spokesperson says 18 people were detained near the Mälarhöjden subway station.

Four other people were detained in Gubbängen and one in Tumba for disturbing the peace.

There were reports Friday night of several car burnings and fires at or close to three schools around Stockholm, and more car fires in Åkersberga, north of the city, early Saturday morning.

There are reports of car burnings in the province of Dalarna, northwest of the Stockholm region, two cars in a parking lot in Falun, and two in nearby Borlänge. The local police say witnesses reported seeing a “handful” of young people breaking car windows in Falun before setting the cars on fire.

In Örebro, west of Stockholm, police report that some 25 masked youths set fire to three cars and a school, and tried to burn a police station. In Linköping, to the southeast, at least eight cars were burned, and attempts were made to set fire to a school and a daycare center.

Speaking to Swedish Radio News, opposition Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven says it’s important to find out why the disturbances have happened.  Löfven is one of the few Swedish politicians to this past week have visited Husby, where the disturbances broke out.

Meanwhile, Swedish Democracy Minister Birgitta Ohlsson has tweeted “Burning a school is not a revolutionary act that will carry society forward”.

In an analysis Saturday Dagens Nyheter says most of the young people taken into custody in connection were the disturbances already have criminal records, and many come from families with social problems.

The newspaper Svenska Dagbladet says the police suspect three groups of being behind the disturbances: local youth, known criminals, and violent left-wing activists.