“First they were attacked verbally because of their skin colour and ethnicity,” Thomas Bull, head of the Malmö police’s hate crime department.
“Then the man threatened to kill the boy. This is a hate crime.”
Two more people joined the original attackers and began kicking and hitting the man, before attempting to throw him over a footbridge onto a road below. However the man managed to hang onto a railing.
“They beat his hands to try to make him lose his grip,” said Bull.
Several witnesses saw the attack but police have not made any arrest. The crime is being treated as grievous bodily harm but may be changed to attempted manslaughter, depending on the results of the investigation.