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Police hunt suspects in ‘hanging boy’ case.

The Norwegian boy who was discovered at the site at Haganäset in Charlottenberg in Värmland County in western Sweden, was too scared to talk about his ordeal when he was first saved, reports TT.

Police hunt suspects in 'hanging boy' case.

Fellow Norwegian Stig Engebretsen who discovered the 11-year-old when he was out looking for his own son on Friday evening, said he was shaking with fear when he was eventually freed.

“I think he was so scared that he could not even talk,” said Engebretsen.

He added that the boy eventually led him back to his relatives but explained little on the way about what had happened. When it was reported to the police he opened up further though the police will not reveal the full details of the discussion.

So far there have been no arrests as the search for the perpetrators continues.

We are working on certain leads, but besides that we will not comment any further,” said the Värmland county duty police officer Per-Arne Eriksson.

The boy’s father told Norwegian newspaper VG that he was attacked by more than one person, who grabbed him from behind, thereby making it difficult for him to see anyone and give a full description.

Despite his ordeal the boy did not receive any serious physical injuries.

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PROTESTS

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.

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