Tuesday 21 January 2020

Angry group attack asylum centre in Sweden after woman claims she was gang-raped by six men

The Swedish medieval town of Visby
The Swedish medieval town of Visby
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A woman who requires the use of a wheelchair was gang-raped by up to six migrants at a Swedish asylum centre, according to reports.

The woman, who is in her 30s, shared a taxi home with a man after a shopping trip in the town of Visby on Sweden's Gotland island when she asked to stop.

She was invited inside the centre by her fellow passenger before she was set upon, her lawyer said.

The victim's lawyer Staffan Freriksson claimed the abuse started in the toilet and several others joined in.

Extra police have been deployed to the town after an angry gathering targeted the centre with rocks.

He added: "Where they came from we don't know. This was going on for a couple of hours.

"She got paralysed in this situation and was not able to bring herself to resist physically, other than saying no."

He said his client is unable to walk long distances and requires a wheelchair. She was eventually able to escape her attackers.

Six men, all aged in their 20s, were arrested in the days following that attack and have subsequently been released.

Sweden's Expressen newspaper reported that the suspects were all asylum seekers and that the attack allegedly took place at asylum accommodation.

Large crowds gathered in protest and marched in the town.

The head of Gotland police Torbjörn Nilsson said: "Gotland is safe, compared to other places, and there are few crimes compared to the rest of the country. But the way people have now acted is unprecedented."

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