Swedish Police Call In Reinforcements To Control Muslim Youths: Rioting "Worst In Years"
May 24, 2013
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Police in Stockholm called in reinforcements after rioters set cars and a school ablaze in a fifth night of rioting, described as the worst in years.
About 30 cars have been torched and eight people, mostly aged in their early 20s, have been detained overnight.
Police said they needed to call in extra back-up from the cities of Malmo and Gothenburg.
The riots are mainly young people protesting over a growing divide between the rich and poor.
They claim people with immigrant backgrounds, who are poorly educated, cannot find work and feel pushed to the edge of society.
The riots started after police shot dead a 69-year-old man in the Stockholm suburb of Husby earlier this month.
Local media reported him to be a Portuguese immigrant who was suspected of wielding a large knife.
The incident prompted accusations of police brutality and violence spread to other poor neighbourhoods.
Youth unemployment is especially high in immigrant neighbourhoods like the ones where the riots have taken place...