Police and Instagram teens clash anew

The Instagram sex rumour riots spilled into its second day on Wednesday with Gothenburg police intervening when teenagers set off fireworks in the hundred-strong crowd gathered outside a local school.

Police and Instagram teens clash anew

Several hundred teens had assembled outside the Framtidsgymnasiet high school on Wednesday in a situation described as “tense” in local media reports.

The scene echoed those from Tuesday when high school students assembled outside the Plusgynmasiet high school in an attempt to find the owner of an anonymous Instagram account where young boys and girls were hung out to dry with lewd accusations about their sex lives.

Tuesday’s protests spilled into vandalism and saw the 27 arrests of what police called “rabble rousers”.


The teenagers again clashed with police just after lunch Wednesday, with fire crackers and fireworks being set off by members of the crowd.

The chaotic scene prompted a nearby office housing members of the city’s family care division to close its doors after people tried to storm one of the entrances.

“We can’t leave, we’re locked in,” one staff member told TT.

The Framtidsgymnasiet principal, Jörgen Frohm, said there was no reason for the teenagers to assemble there.

“There are rumours they’re going to attack but we have no idea why,” he told TT.

“There is no connection between the Instagram account and our school.”


The gathering on Tuesday, organized on Facebook by a group that reportedly wanted to beat up the Instagram account user who released the names of all the cat callers, turned violent in part.

Some in the crowd hurled bottles and stones at the police.

A video uploaded to YouTube shows one girl being pushed violently into the gutter, before a person aims a kick at her head.

“We don’t know who the girl is and so far we don’t know who her assailants are, but we’ll gratefully receive any tips,” police spokesperson Peter Adlersson told TT.

And while the prosecutor says there are lingering suspicions about the 17-year-old girl who was strung out as the Instagram account owner, the girl has been set free.

“She denies any crime,” prosecutor Elisabeth Trouvé told.

“There aren’t strong suspicions, if I explain it that way.”

The teenage girl, who herself had her picture posted with claims about her private life being published in the ‘slut shaming’ whirlwind, says she never set up the account.

She is currently at a secret location.

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Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Green Party and Left Party have managed to oust the right-wing Moderates from power in Gothenburg, despite failing to strike a coalition deal with the Centre Party.

Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Left Party and Green Party will now take over the municipality with Jonas Attenius, group leader for the Social Democrats in the city, becoming the new mayor.

“We three parties are ready to together take responsibility for leading Gothenburg,” Attenius wrote to TT. “I am looking forward immensely to leading Gothenburg in the coming years.” 

The three parties will lead a minority government, with 40 out of 81 mandates, meaning it will dependent on mandates from the Centre Party to pass proposals. 

The three parties had hoped to bring the Centre Party into the coalition, but talks fell apart on Monday,  October 24th. 

“We our going into opposition, but our goal is to be an independent, liberal force, which can negotiate both to the left and to the right,” the party’s group leader in Gothenburg, Emmyly Bönfors told the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper. 

The end of talks in Gothenburg leave the Social Democrats leading coalition governments in all three of Sweden’s major cities, with Karin Wanngård appointed Mayor of Stockholm on October 17th. 

The Social Democrats had unbroken control in Malmö since 1994, after they regained power from the Moderates, who controlled the city from 1991-1994, and also from 1985-1988.