EU Presidency

Demonstrations Against EU Meeting

Updated 20:11

The demonstrations that had been expected at the EU meeting of justice and domestic affairs ministers in Stockholm today never became violent. Swedish news agency TT reported earlier on Wednesday  that about 30 groups had received permission to demonstrate throughout the city against the three-day meeting.

The police was ready to control any demonstrations that got out of hand.

“We will have a low tolerance for violence and other types of actions. We intend to respond forcefully and early,” county police commissioner Carin Götland said on Monday.

The political persuasions of the demonstrators varied, including the leftist group Action Against Deportation and the Pirate Party, Sweden’s newest addition to the EU parliament.

According to the police, all demonstrations were conducted in a calm and controlled fashion.