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Two men found dead in Stockholm apartment

Police in Stockholm are searching for those responsible for a double murder on Södermalm on Friday evening.

The dead men were found in an apartment on Götgatan on the central Stockholm island of Södermalm at around 6.30pm on Friday evening.

Police and emergency services were called to the scene by neighbours who had reacted to a disturbance in the stairwell in the building.

“It was very unpleasant actually even more so now that it has emerged that two people died there,” a neighbour in the building said.

When police arrived at the scene they found the door to the apartment forced open and the two dead men inside.

“At 7pm we launched a murder investigation,” Stockholm police spokesperson Tow Hägg said.

According to news agency TT the victims are reported to be previously known to the police and fingerprints taken from the scene will shortly confirm their identities.

Police have begun interviews with neighbours and potential witnesses and a forensic examination of the apartment is ongoing. Later on Saturday police will examine surveillance camera footage of the area.

According to the website Kriminalen.se the two dead men were shot.

At lunchtime on Saturday police had few clues or lines of inquiry to pursue.

“We have very little to go on. We have no suspects and do not know if it concerns one or more perpetrators,” Bengt Hellström at Södermalm police said.

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Swedish Green leader: ‘Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity’

The riots that rocked Swedish cities over the Easter holidays were nothing to do with religion or ethnicity, but instead come down to class, the joint leader of Sweden's Green Party has told The Local in an interview.

Swedish Green leader: 'Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity'

Ahead of a visit to the school in Rosengård that was damaged in the rioting, Märta Stenevi said that neither the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan, who provoked the riots by burning copies of the Koran, nor those who rioted, injuring 104 policemen, were ultimately motivated by religion. 

“His demonstration had nothing to do with religion or with Islam. It has everything to do with being a right extremist and trying to to raise a lot of conflict between groups in Sweden,” she said of Paludan’s protests. 

“On the other side, the police have now stated that there were a lot of connections to organised crime and gangs, who see this as an opportunity to raise hell within their communities.”

Riots broke out in the Swedish cities of Malmö, Stockholm, Norrköping, Linköping and Landskrona over the Easter holidays as a result of Paludan’s tour of the cities, which saw him burn multiple copies of the Koran, the holy book of Islam. 

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More than 100 police officers were injured in the riots, sparking debates about hate-crime legislation and about law and order. 

According to Stenevi, the real cause of the disorder is the way inequality has increased in Sweden in recent decades. 

“If you have big chasms between the rich people and poor people in a country, you will also have a social upheaval and social disturbance. This is well-documented all across the world,” she says. 
 
“What we have done for the past three decades in Sweden is to create a wider and wider gap between those who have a lot and those who have nothing.” 

 
The worst way of reacting to the riots, she argues, is that of Sweden’s right-wing parties. 
 
“You cannot do it by punishment, by adding to the sense of outsider status, you have to start working on actually including people, and that happens through old-fashioned things such as education, and a proper minimum income, to lift people out of their poverty, not to keep them there.”

This, she says, is “ridiculous”, when the long-term solution lies in doing what Sweden did to end extreme inequality at the start of the 20th century, when it created the socialist folkhem, or “people’s home”. 

“It’s easy to forget that 100 to 150 years ago, Sweden was a developing country, with a huge class of poor people with no education whatsoever. And we did this huge lift of a whole nation. And we can do this again,” she says. “But it needs resources, it needs political will.” 
 
 
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