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Reveller killed walking along motorway

A young man was hit and killed by a car when he took a walk along the E6 motorway near Stenungsund on New Year's Eve, which also saw drunken spats and firework accidents across the country

Reveller killed walking along motorway

Västra Götaland police said they had no information about why the 22-year-old was walking on the motorway.

An elderly couple was also hit by a car that fled the scene. The man and woman, both in their 80s, were found 14 metres apart after the hit-and-run on a road in Blekinge county. They have been taken to hospital

Also in the south, an older man was hit in the face by a rocket.

“A rocket failed to launch so he went up to it and then of course it went off,” Skåne police spokesperson Calle Persson told TT.

There were reports of minor fires, most caused by errant fireworks, across the country, while a car slammed into a bus stop in a Stockholm suburb.

Police described the night as relatively calm but said calls about drunken fights increased after midnight.

A spat in central Stockholm lead to one man being taken to hospital after he was knifed at around 2am in the Östermalm neighbourhood. The police have opened an investigation into attempted manslaughter and said the victim should be well enough to be questioned early on Tuesday.

Just after 3am, further south in the Stockholm suburb Årsta, a drunk driver lost control of their car and slammed into a bus stop. None of the people waiting for the bus were injured but the driver was taken to hospital.

Police in Malmö, meanwhile, intervened after reports of gun shots in an apartment. No one was hurt but the police are looking for the bullet.

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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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