Swede ‘burned to death’ in Bali hotel: report

A Swedish man is being hunted by police in Balibconnection with a fire at a hotel room that claimed the life of a fellow Swede.

A young male was discovered dead on the morning of Christmas Eve in a hotel at the resort of Kuta in Bali, according to reports in the Indonesian newspaper Jakarta Globe.

Early local reports suggest that the man died as a result of injuries sustained in some kind of fire that broke out during the night.

So far though, there has been no official confirmation of the actual cause of death.

Police are trying to locate another Swedish male who was booked in the same room.

The foreign ministry in Stockholm however has not yet confirmed the incident or any progress in the case.

Meanwhile in the Philippines, a Swedish man in his 50s has died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in northern Cebu, an island off the mainland. The victim lived in the country with his Filipino wife.

The Swedish foreign ministry confirmed that he was hit from behind and came off his motorbike, suffering severe head injuries.

He was rushed to hospital in Cebu City, but did not recover from his injuries. Police have so far been unable to trace the rider of the other motorcycle involved in the accident.

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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.