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Polish man found dead south of Stockholm

Police are investigating a suspected murder after a man was found dead near a road in the Stockholm suburb of Huddinge on Sunday morning.

“He has the sort of injuries that make one suspect a crime has been committed. A preliminary investigation into murder has been launched,” Stockholm police spokesperson Anders Jönsson told the TT news agency.

Police at first were unable to identify the man, who was found near a road in the Glömsta neighbourhood of Huddinge, south of Stockholm.

“He’s 30 years old. The man isn’t known to us from any previous incident,” said Ulf Janzén of Stockholm’s southern district police to TT.

By Sunday afternoon, police had determined the man was a Polish national, the Expressen newspaper reported.

“He’s not in any of our registries,” Janzén told the newspaper.

Forensic specialists spent Sunday examining the site where the man was found, although police suspect that his body was dumped there over night.

“We think the crime scene is somewhere else,” Janzén told TT.

Police were alerted shortly after 9am Sunday morning that a man was lying lifeless near Bergavägen. When police arrived on the scene, the ascertained that the man was dead and that he may have been the victim of a crime.

“I don’t want to comment on what sort of injuries he had,” said Jönsson.

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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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