FLASHBACK: Sweden in flames: As gangs of migrants riot for five nights running… the Utopian boats of a multicultural success story turn to ashes
- Fifth night of violent riots in Stockholm saw schools destroyed
- Over 70 incidents reported overnight including a torched police station
- Turmoil began Sunday night after police shot a man in Husby suburb
- Incidents in other parts of Sweden spark fear riots are spreading
It is supposed to be the model multicultural state. But Sweden is facing problems of its own after gangs of immigrants spent a fifth consecutive night rioting in Stockholm.
Officers are battling to keep the capital under control after hundreds of cars were torched, a police station set alight and fire services kept from a major blaze by a stone-throwing mob of youths.
To make matters worse, rioting has now spread to Sweden’s two other major cities, Gothenburg and Malmo.
The disturbances, which have lasted longer than the riots in England in the summer of 2011, started last week after police shot dead a foreign-born pensioner who threatened to attack them with a machete.
Left-wing activists came forward to accuse police of racism – a charge strongly denied by the Stockholm force.
Growing unrest turned to violence last Sunday in a north-western suburb called Husby – where more than 80 per cent of the residents are from overseas, mostly Turkey, Somalia and the Middle East.
Trouble then spread to some of the city’s most deprived
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