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Police in talks to move Afghan sit-in protest

Published tisdag 29 augusti 2017 kl 08.30
Police spokesman: Theoretically, the protest could go on forever
(5:11 min)
Kjell Lindgren, press spokesman for the Stockholm Police
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Kjell Lindgren, press spokesman for the Stockholm Police Credit: Richard Orange / Sveriges Radio
Water, food, blankets at demonstration.
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Members of the public have donated food, drink, blankets, money and more to support the Afghan migrants protesting in Stockholm. Credit: Nathalie Rothschild / Radio Sweden

The leaders of the Afghan asylum seekers' sit-in protest in Stockholm are meeting with the police on Tuesday to discuss moving their demonstration, but will most likely move less than 100 metres, according to a police spokesman.

We asked Kjell Lindgren, press spokesman for the Stockholm Police, how much longer the sit-in protest can go on for.

"Theoretically, forever," Lindgren said. "We must be aware that there are other groups that want to have their own opinion-building or demonstrations, and then we have to have discussions." 

The group Ung i Sverige (Young in Sweden) began their protest on August 6th outside Sweden’s parliament, hoping to put pressure on the government to bring in an amnesty, allowing them to stay in Sweden. 

They were then moved to the Medborgarplatsen square in the Stockholm district of Södermalm. Soon they will have to move again, Lindgren said, as the owner of the building in front of which they are camped wants to carry out renovations. 

The protesters will on Tuesday meet Anders Lindberg from the Södermalm Police together with police communication specialists who are already in daily contact with the Afghan youths. 

Lindgren said he expected them to agree on a future site. 

"The right to demonstrate, that's the main issue for the Swedish democracy, and so they must have a place that's suitable," Lindgren said.

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