Plea for calm in wave of Swedish rioting
STOCKHOLM was braced for a fifth night of riots yesterday, as violent unrest that began almost a week ago in the northern suburbs of the Swedish capital, continued to spread to other corners of the city.
Up to 40 cars, a police station and a restaurant in the southern suburb of Skogas were set ablaze on Wednesday night. Around 300 cars have been set on fire this week.
The unrest began on Sunday in the rundown, mainly immigrant, northern suburb of Husby after a 69-year-old man, believed to be wielding a machete and holding a woman hostage in an apartment, was shot dead by police.
It is Swedish police policy not to reveal the names of deceased people if it could cause upset to their family. However, many in Husby said the man was well-known in the community and had mental health problems.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt called the unrest "hooliganism", and appealed to all people to take responsibility for restoring calm in Stockholm. (© Independent News Service)