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Bouncer confesses to Gamla Stan shooting

The 41-year-old bouncer on trial for the attempted murder of a couple in Stockholm’s historic Gamla Stan district in April confessed in court on Tuesday that he pulled the trigger.

Bouncer confesses to Gamla Stan shooting

However the man doesn’t believe he committed a crime, but rather views the matter as “assisting someone in their own defence”.

He said he was convinced that the man he shot was sexually abusing his children.

During the trial, the 41-year-old was calm and collected as he explained that the only thing on his mind was protecting the children.

He said he had visited the couple a few days before the incident with the intention of shooting the man, but was surprised to find that the woman was also living in the house.

The 41-year-old had thought his intended victim lived alone.

He said he had no intention of injuring the woman, who was pregnant at the time of the shooting.

But during questioning by police, the woman said she is convinced the 41-year-old shot at her on purpose because he turned toward her and then fired the shots.

“Everything went so fast and felt very surreal. It felt like it was make-believe. It didn’t sound like real gunshots, rather a sort of ‘puff, puff, puff,” she said.

As a result, she explained, she thought at the time that the shots were fired from an air gun and described the shooter as red in the face.

The couple has filed a damages claim of 100,000 kronor ($12,600) each.

The reason the 41-year-old waited until today to give his version of events is that he didn’t want it be biased, according to the man’s attorney, Peter Lindqvist.

The victims of the shooting included a man in his thirties who is a member of the Swedish aristocracy and his pregnant girlfriend.

The man was hit in the throat, head, and arm. The woman, who didn’t think the shooter would fire upon a pregnant woman, said during questioning she was trying to protect the man.

She was hit in the face and neck.

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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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