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Cops fire shot as trouble flares at Eritrean gig

TT/The Local/po · 8 Apr 2012, 09:35

Published: 08 Apr 2012 09:35 GMT+02:00

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The shot did not hit anybody, police said, but one person was injured and taken to hospital after apparently being hit by a rock.

The concert was part of a larger conference being held this Easter weekend by the Eritrean youth group, Young People's Front for Democracy and Justice (YPFDJ).

Among the guests invited to participate in the controversial event is President Isaias Afewerki’s closest aide, Yemane Gebreab.

According to YPFDJ, some 800 exile Eritreans were expected to attend the meeting, which is taking place at the Scandic Hotel Infra City in Upplands Väsby, north of Stockholm, between April 5th and April 9th.

On Saturday night, the group organized a concert at the Husby Träff venue in the north-west Stockholm suburb Husby.

There some 50 critics of the Eritrean government tried to get inside the building but were refused access.

Meanwhile, local youths gathered outside the venue and began throwing stones at the police. Police said some of the demonstrators also joined in.

“They took the opportunity to throw stones with no other motive than to cause trouble,” said police spokeswoman Marie-Louise Nilsson.

With police at the scene feeling under increasing threat, a warning shot was fired.

Amid the ensuing commotion, one person fell to the ground and was injured.

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“We haven’t been able to speak to the person at the hospital so we’re not really sure what happened. We have received information that it may have been a parent from a volunteer street patrol group who was hit by a stone,” said Nilsson.

The main group of stone throwers left the scene after police fired their warning shot, while twelve of the demonstrators were taken by bus to Norrtälje, some 65 kilometres away, in order to keep them out of Husby until the concert was over.

TT/The Local/po (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:33 April 8, 2012 by tgolan
the Eritrean regime is a terrorist regime
11:43 April 8, 2012 by OUIJA
Swedish cops need to shoot better.
12:11 April 8, 2012 by Ameen1
Why would Sweden be a place of support of the despotic regime in Eritrea... The Swedish government couldn't even have a little minutes access to the imprisoned Swedish-Eritrean Journalist Dawit Isaac, but yet it allows such kind of meeting that support the dictatorship regime of Eritrea? How contradictory is the swedish policy to each other??
12:28 April 8, 2012 by gpafledthis
the swedish "cleopatra syndrome" you invite and clasp these vipers to your bosom !!
13:30 April 8, 2012 by Prestonrobsun
Swedes will 'ken the noo'.

Sow the wind. Reap the whirlwind.
15:56 April 8, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
The full richness of Swedish multiculture no doubt, the usual stone throwing at any form of authority. How stupid can you get for putting up with all this nonsense???
16:27 April 8, 2012 by cabralb
Why would these governments thugs in the first appear in a country full of democratic values, just to campaign for dictatorial regime? Come on Sweden!!! Your journalist is behind bars for more than 10 years without any conviction, and there corrupt military generals coming to Stockholm to sow the seeds of rule-or-jungle. Kick them off and take back your citizen.
18:58 April 8, 2012 by Tecle Andemichael
Shame on you Sweden for hosting a "Hitler Youth" brainwashing conference. The Eritrean dictator was right when he told a Swedish journalist "Sweden is irrelevant to me".
19:12 April 8, 2012 by Dave N
"You're gonna reap just what you sow..."

Bringing the 3rd World to Europe is unbelievable folly, yet politicians of country after country refuse to see this truth - and incredibly, the people keep voting for them. Turkeys voting for Christmas, I believe is the correct term. It will all end in tears.
09:42 April 9, 2012 by skogsbo
A warning shot, the round will have to land somewhere! If you really feel that threatened shoot to kill, anything else is an unlawful use of excessive force.
13:01 April 9, 2012 by awash
wow, and Sweden keeps on giving protection to these thugs & their die hard supporters who claim they fled for fear persecution; ironically, they're organizing big fund-raising event every now and then, wire 2% of their annual income to their beloved despot and now their kids throw stones at the very people who fed, sheltered, and schooled them; is beyond me. oh, Swedish political correctness
15:42 April 9, 2012 by Pakistani_Student
wohoo, shots are fired

what a stupid policy, you get them in and then fire at them, what a waste of money and resources...
19:44 April 9, 2012 by Jeff10
As Europe continues to welcome such immigrants, it soon will experience the race riots seen in the US. It doesn't matter that the US pretty much houses, feds, and provides health care for a substantial number of black Americans. They want more and when they don't get it they riot from time-to-time, usually using some phony excuse (e.g., Rodney King).

When US crime stats are broken down by race, if the US were predominantly white nation, the simple FACT is, is that the US would have one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Lower than that of most EU nations and Japan.
21:28 April 9, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
There are a hundreds of instances in history when police charged peaceful demonstrators with batons etc.... however If these imbeciles were throwing rocks at the police for nothing, then they deserved to be clubbed for that. They should be happy that all they got was a warning shot.

A secondary question is whether Sweden as a nation supports events that celebrate support for the Eritrean regime. If yes, then these stone throwing imbeciles should confine their anger to writing blogs and letters to politicians to get these events banned within Sweden.
21:38 April 9, 2012 by Vill
It is time for me to move to Ísland. Would the last person leaving Sverige please turn off the lights? Tack så mycket!
21:45 April 9, 2012 by Jeff10
Reason and Realism,

While your intent and spirit are good and right, one can't ban demonstrations (which shouldn't be interpreted to mean that the policy can't go after demonstrators who attack persons or property). The freedom to assemble shouldn't be infringed for any reason, other than those provided herein.

The best solution is to have a strict and restrictive immigration policy.
00:15 April 10, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
@ Jeff10

Agree that there should be no ban on freedom of assembly.

But for example people wrote to the organizers of a concert by a gay-hating idiot from Jamaica recently in any attempt to get that concert cancelled.

Similarly, Anti-Eritraen-regime people could appeal to the owners of a venue (even if that is the city itself) to refuse to host an event that is inconsistent with Sweden's democratic values, so that the pro-regime people might ultimately be forced to gather on a patch of grass somewhere instead, in the way that the KKK is forced to gather in dark fields at night in the Southern US for example.
10:40 April 10, 2012 by metaabity
YPFDJ instead echoing your false pome and Guaila you better listen the reality in Eritrea if you are ready to listen here you go. http://youtu.be/​xVgHi0sueTs
05:40 April 11, 2012 by Hailu
Sweden please do not allow dictators steal the humble and poor teenagers minds.

The dictator Eritrea regime's tactics has recently diverted from inside Eritrea to outside diaspora teenagers who have identity crises and most of them grow up under family crisis (single mam and or single dad).As history tells us those who are in desperate need of social integrations are victims of dictators and persuaded ungodly works of evil once.

The Dictator Isayas thru his advocate Yemane gebreab whom should have been denied to enter and make any activity in Sewed for the regime has denied any call from Sweden for release of Isaak and respecting human rights,Is conducting and deceiving the young born in Sweden who have no clue of the real behaviour of the regime.

As it is commonly known the Eritrea regime that has brutally enslaved the young Eritreans and left the country after endless barbarism, they diverted their snare tactics to diaspora and get advantage of their short-sighted emotional emptiness.

No Eritrean young who left Eritrea has and will be by the regime in diaspora for we have seen in depth their evil works and the rewards they gave us after long serving them

The Sweden government should look in to this matter very carefully and take action before these young teenagers are grounds of the dictatorial regime and become a treat to Sweden, Europe and other.

I would like to ask the following simple question to those teenagers in favour of the Isayas regime;

1. Do you really support the Isayas regime what do you support its policies, its human rights, its development what what what ?????????????

2. Have you ever asked the regime how many Eritreas are in prison and why they do not get justice as you get in Sweden

3. Have you ever asked the young Eritreans who came thru Mediterranean Sea , Sinai deserts etc.) why do they risk their lives if the regime is like what you see " A GAYLA "

4. Why is the regime paying Ethiopia 10million for the war on Badme

There are many questions these may be enough to challenge you and respond to it.

I call upon the Sweden to stand against the dictators and their evil works in Eritrea stand for a rule of law .And block any ideological weapons of the dictator in your land.

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