Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Riots in Rinkeby (Stockholm) on February 20

Hat tip Vlad Tepes for video

Below is a translated copy of Svenska Dagbladet's report on Monday nights riots in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby. The area is overwhelmingly immigrant and mostly Muslim. It is considered one of Sweden's no-go zones.

Rinkeby Residents Tired of the Violence "Their families should be expelled"

Violent riots, cars on fire, throwing stones and looting. After the unrest in Rinkjeby Monday night, demands of residents, SvD speaks with police, tougher penalties and deportation.

" I fled from my homeland once. I will not escape again", says a man who has lived in Rinkeby over 20 years.

-Svenska Dagbladet
Shattered windowpanes at the Rinkeby square

Discontent ferments among the residents in Rinkeby. People meet in the square to talk about what happened Monday night. Meanwhile burned out cars are removed from the parking lot, and broken glass is swept away. Reporters stand in line to interview the man whose pizzeria was smashed. He has to answer the same questions over and over again. "What happened?" "How does it feel?"
According to the police, it was around 8 o'clock on Monday night  when a patrol was attacked by  a masked crowd in Rinkeby. Police say the incident occurred in connection with ban intervention.

Police fired for effect. They shot simply for show
The situation was seen as so threatening they he didn't see another way out, said Niclas Andersson, local area manager at a Tuesday press conference.
Two hours later, the unrest flared up at night. Several cars were set on fire and shops in the area were plundered. According to TT, a shop proprietor was beaten and a DN- photographer who went to Rinkeby  to monitor  the events was attacked and beaten by several people. According to police there were up to 80 young people in the riot.
"I have lived here 27 years and the last ten have been a catastrophe. I don't know what is needed to stop this. I am not a politician, but I know that something is missing here", says a woman in the city center, who,  as well as the others SvD spoke to wants to remain anonymous. She is not afraid. She and her family have never suffered anything in Rinkeby."But on the other hand, I have daughters and no sons," she says.

-Svenska Dagbladet

Several Rinkeby residents SvD spoke to are tired of the violence in the suburb. But  they do not want to move from Rinbkeby. "I have fled from my homeland once. I will not flee again", said one of the men. 
                Dejan Stankovic, head of Rinkerby Kistas Prevention Unit, says that the district responded directly to what happened. Youth leaders went out Monday night to try and calm (the situation). On Tuesday, they were out to the schools and talked to the youths.

When the SvD is present, the city leaders come to the city center to answer questions and they are preparing for the evening to put extra resources if necessary if they should see a continuation.

The woman at the city center who has lived 27 years in Rinkeby, thinks that a lack of employment is the biggest problem in the area.

"All these young guys who just stand there. Look at them. Why aren't they working? They need to be doing something and think about something instead of making trouble," she says.

Three older men meet in the square. They look at the broken windows and shake their heads. They have had enough, they say and demand tougher (measures). But they are in disagreement over the causes of the violence.

"Its about bad policy," says one of the men and is immediately interrupted by another man who protests against the description.

-Svenska Dagbladet

" We know which ones they are. We also know who their leader is. It is these people who need to be locked up", says one of the men in Rinkeby about the riots.

They welcome the decision about video surveillance in the city center and think that there is a way to get the assailants when nobody dares testify against them. But the men we talk to also demand tougher sentences and more police.

"The police should have more powers. We should toughen the punishment and expel those who commit serious crimes. Not only them, but also their families. I think, honestly speaking, it is the only way. They are not afraid of prison. I can put my life on it that it would be quiet after three expulsions," says one of the men and the others nod in agreement.

They talk of the drug trade in the subway and how people don't dare go out after ten o'clock in the night.
"They sell drugs like candy and there are many Swedish youths who come here just to buy (drugs).  All this is done quite openly. I see all this from my window," says one of the men.

He also emphasizes that it is about a criminal clique and that most of the youth go to school and take care of themselves.

None of the men want to move from Rinkeby. Surely, it matters that it is hard to find housing elsewhere, but it's also that they do not want to flee again.
"I fled from my home country one time. I will not flee again," says one of the men.
Here is a video from Vlad Tepes

Given the statement days ago by Donald Trump, for which he has been derided both by  Swedish leaders and the US press, this incident underlines the fact that he is absolutely correct. He spoke awkwardly, but was not referring to any terrorist attack in Sweden "last night", rather to a Fox interview with journalist Ami Horowitz the previous night describing the overall situation that flared up again Monday night.

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