The riots – Sweden’s worst disorder in years – have shocked a country that has dodged the worst of the financial crisis but failed to defuse youth unemployment and resentment of asylum seekers.
On Tuesday night, a police station in the Jakobsberg area in northwest Stockholm was attacked, two schools were damaged and an arts and crafts centre was set ablaze, despite a call for calm from Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.
Incidents were reported in at least nine suburbs of the Swedish capital and police made eight arrests. “We’ve had around 30 cars set on fire last night, fires that we connect to youth gangs and criminals,” Kjell Lindgren, spokesman for Stockholm police, said yesterday.
The riots are less severe than those of the past two summers in the UK and France. The riots following the shooting of a man in suburb Husby by Swedish police.