Riots rock Sweden for fifth night

AFP-JIJI

Stockholm experienced a fifth straight night of riots Friday, with cars torched in several immigrant-dominated suburbs, and Britain and the United States warned against traveling to the hot spots.

Nearly a week of unrest, which spread briefly Friday night to the midsize city of Oerebro west of Stockholm, have put Sweden’s reputation as an oasis of peace and harmony at risk.

A police official said Stockholm police were about to receive reinforcements from Goteborg and Malmo, the country’s second- and third-largest cities, but declined to disclose how many.

About 200 rightwing extremists were reported to be cruising around Stockholm’s suburbs in their cars late Friday, but intense police surveillance apparently prevented any kind of serious violence.

Parents and volunteer organizations who have patrolled the streets in recent nights have helped decrease the intensity of the unrest, police have said.