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Man held for setting former partner on fire

A man in Dalarna in central Sweden has been detained for pouring petrol over his former partner and setting her alight after she told him that she had met a new partner.

“We have detained a man for attempted murder with an alternative charge of aggravated assault,” said Kent Lind at Dalarna police to the Aftonbladet daily.

The woman is reported to have gone home to her former partner on Saturday evening to leave their 5-year-old daughter and to inform him that she had begun a new relationship.

According to information from several family members, the man became angry, poured petrol over her and set her alight.

The woman sustained severe burns in the attack and is currently in the care of Linköping University Hospital.

According to information obtained by the newspaper the woman is very badly hurt and will be keep in a drug-induced coma for an extended period of time.

The former couple’s five-year-old daughter is thought to have witnessed the attack.

The man was detained by police after the attack and was on Sunday formally arrested on suspicion of attempted murder with an alternative charge of aggravated assault.

Dalarna police were unwilling on Sunday to divulge further details of the case confirming only that a man had been arrested and that those involved had previously been in a relationship.

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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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