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Extremists in Gothenburg street brawl

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20:10 CET+01:00
At least three people were injured on Saturday afternoon when a gang of right wing extremists clashed with anti-fascists in central Gothenburg.

According to Thomas Fuxborg at Gothenburg police, there were around 20 people in each of the two gangs.

One man in his 20s was stabbed by Götaplatsen and a further two people were taken to hospital after being beaten to the ground on Avenyn. One of them escaped to a burger restaurant and the other made it into a café.

Thomas Fuxborg said that the two groups clashed when the right wing extremists were handing out flyers which urged people to attend the so-called Salem march near Stockholm next Saturday.

The march is an annual event held in the memory of a 17 year old boy who was beaten up and stabbed to death in Salem in 2000. The attackers had immigrant backgrounds.

The skirmish in Gothenburg on Saturday developed into a full street brawl which drifted back and forth between Heden, Götaplatsen and Avenyn.

"They were throwing bottles at each other and forced their way into a café. It was a nightmare in town for 10 to 15 minutes," said Fuxborg to TT.

Two people were taken into police custody for causing a public disturbance. 14 people were removed by police from Avenyn and taken in buses to other parts of the city.

Three of those involved were taken in for questioning.

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