Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Multiculturalism FAIL: Muslims riot wildly in Sweden, cars torched, police officers wounded

BRUSSELS, Belgium (The Local) — Youths set cars aflame and threw stones at police and emergency services for the third consecutive night in the poor suburbs of Stockholm, one of Europe's wealthiest capitals.

Rioters Tuesday night attacked a police station in Jakobsberg, damaged two schools and set on fire an arts and crafts center, in spite of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's call for people to "pitch in to restore calm."

It's believed the riots are linked to the death of a local man, shot dead by police on May 13 after reportedly threatening them with a machete. Since then riots or related incidents have been reported in nine suburbs, especially Hubsy, home to about 12,000 people.

"We've had two nights with great unrest, damage, and an intimidating atmosphere in Husby and there is a risk it will continue, said Reinfeldt on Tuesday.

"We have groups of young men who think that they can and should change society with violence," he added. "Let's be clear: this is not OK. We cannot be ruled by violence."

Officers dispatched to Husby have been accused of using racist language against residents, calling them "monkeys," "rats" and "niggers" on Sunday night, when at least 100 cars were torched.

"I can understand the police officers were stressed, but this language is unacceptable, and unfortunately nothing new," Rami al-Khamisi, founder of the Megafonen youth organization, told The Local.

The riots have come as a shock for Sweden which was long seen as a model for many in Europe both for its social welfare system and for the successful integration of migrants — though not everyone has shared in Sweden's success. Unemployment for native born citizens is at 6 percent, compared to those born outside, which is at 16 percent.

While other European nations have sought to shut their doors to migrants, Sweden has seen immigration as a opportunity to bolster the work force as a counterweight to the country's ageing population.