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Malmö court descends into mass brawl

TT/The Local/pvs · 7 Apr 2011, 08:21

Published: 07 Apr 2011 08:21 GMT+02:00

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Around 20 friends of the victim of an alleged assault at a Malmö school turned up in court on Wednesday afternoon in a show of support.

When the defendants entered the courtroom the situation soon became heated with shouts and calls filling the district courtroom. The situation deteriorated rapidly and a mass brawl broke out.

"The security guards had to pull their batons and get stuck in in order to pull people apart," said Mikael Johansson at Malmö police to the local Sydsvenskan daily.

"Had the guards not been there it could have become really nasty," he said.

Police were called to the scene and were able to ease tensions and empty the courtroom in order for the proceedings to commence.

There were however no arrests made in connection with the brawl as the police were unable to establish exactly who had hit whom.

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Your comments about this article

09:05 April 7, 2011 by Rishonim
Good for them. Since the Swedish penal system is complete joke, I think the only way to get some real justice is to take care of things yourself.
10:02 April 7, 2011 by booka
it might be a joke but we do not want the same justice system problems as america.....
10:49 April 7, 2011 by Nemesis
@ booka,

Good point. We don't want to go from one extreme to another.

As for what happened in that court room.

In any other European country everyone in that court room would have been arrested.
11:53 April 7, 2011 by Angry Ami

Yo guy that's already the problem, you guys have been too soft for too long, sure you don't want cops arresting people for farting, but it's out of control, and it's the usual suspects, and if the system doesn't change quick the the right are going to win more than just a few seats in parliament, get tough Sweden, remember your viking roots.
13:54 April 7, 2011 by Syftfel
As is typical of Swedish media, the story is incomplete. Some salient points appear to have been left out. I guess I'll have to look for thruth elsewhere on the internet.
17:30 April 7, 2011 by technoviking
@ booka

You mean peope being punished for committing crimes?

That would be terrible.
18:35 April 7, 2011 by Swedesmith
Yet even more mob justice. How delightful.
19:49 April 7, 2011 by mkvgtired
@booka, are you that insecure you have to make every article about the US? What is it with the contributors on here? If Sweden does not want to prosecute those fighting in a court room that is up to them. If they want to give murderers 18 months in jail, also up to them. If they don't mind newcomers on welfare assaulting productive working members of society, also a domestic decision. The US does over punish for some things (drugs comes to mind) but in many places normal possession is only a ticket as of the last few years.

Ive said it before, whenever I'm in Europe I tell the Jews I meet that are afraid for their safety to come to the US. We value productive people (regardless of color or religion). You can keep all the violent welfare addicts that you seem so reluctant to prosecute for their crimes.
16:10 April 12, 2011 by Muff
I say the same thing to my Jewish friends that fell the same in the US.....
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