Stockholm Riots Spread as PM Slams 'Hooliganism'

Stockholm Riots Spread as PM Slams 'Hooliganism'

Rioting spread across Stockholm’s suburbs early Wednesday in the third night of unrest to hit the Swedish capital, as Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt blamed the violence on “hooliganism” and appealed for calm.

A school and a nursery in two of Stockholm’s most deprived areas had been torched, and rocks were thrown at firefighters, police officers and their vehicles, he said.

The unrest is believed to have been sparked the deadly police shooting last week of an elderly man.

In Husby, the suburb where the violence first broke out late Sunday, one man was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to an arts-and-crafts centre.

Reinfeldt on Wednesday said “everyone has to take responsibility for restoring calm.”

Lindgren said that the latest riots had spread from northwestern to southern Stockholm.

On Tuesday, the prime minister waded into Sweden’s heated debate on immigration by attributing some of the problems in Stockholm’s low-income suburbs to failed integration.

But he added that “there is often a transition period between different cultures” that the government had sought to facilitate by improving Swedish language education.

The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats on Wednesday pounced on the issue, saying the riots were the result of an “irresponsible” immigration policy.