Riots Shake Stockholm for a 3rd Night

Gangs burn cars, buildings in Swedish capital

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 22, 2013 5:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Groups of youths smashed shop windows, set cars ablaze, and burned down a cultural center last night as the riots that started in a Stockholm suburb after a fatal police shooting spread to other low-income areas of the Swedish capital. A police spokeswoman says 30 vehicles were set ablaze in six suburbs mainly populated by immigrants. Gangs of up to 60 youths also set fire to a school and a nursery and hurled rocks at police and firefighters. The unrest began over the weekend in response to the police shooting of a 69-year-old, knife-wielding man in a northwestern suburb.

A car burns in the Stockholm suburb of Kista after youths rioted in several different suburbs around Stockholm for a third night.
A car burns in the Stockholm suburb of Kista after youths rioted in several different suburbs around Stockholm for a third night.   (AP Photo/Scanipx Sweden, Fredrik Sandberg)
Police officers stand guard in a street during a riot in Stockholm, Sweden.
Police officers stand guard in a street during a riot in Stockholm, Sweden.   (AP Photo Johan Nilsson)
Police officers stand guard in a street during a riot in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday, May 20, 2013.
Police officers stand guard in a street during a riot in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday, May 20, 2013.   (AP Photo Johan Nilsson)
Firemen extinguish a burning car in the Stockholm suburb of Kista after youths rioted in several different suburbs around Stockholm.
Firemen extinguish a burning car in the Stockholm suburb of Kista after youths rioted in several different suburbs around Stockholm.   (AP Photo/Scanipx Sweden, Fredrik Sandberg)
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