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Minister warns Husby unrest may fuel prejudice

Sweden's Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag warned on Thursday that the unrest in Stockholm's outer suburbs last week may lead to prejudices about the people who live there.

Minister warns Husby unrest may fuel prejudice

Ullenhag shared the message while speaking to a group of around 100 school students in Tensta, one of Husby’s neighbouring districts that was also targeted by vandals last week.

The minister said that the prejudices about the Husby residents will be fueled because the people who don’t know anything about the area will associated it with burning cars.

Ullenhag chose not to venture out to Husby during the week of unrest.

“The people who threw rocks and those who burned cars got enough attention last week. Now it’s all about trying to support the positive trends and to show that we seriously care about those who live in the area,” he told the TT news agency.

One of the students, Mert Yilmaz, pointed out that the car burning was a direct result of the segregation in Sweden.

“It would be better if the refugees who come to Sweden lived in the middle of the city instead, then it wouldn’t have happened,” he said.

But the integration minister stressed that living arrangements can’t be settled in such a manner.

“The problem is that for those who it’s gone well for, they have chosen to move on. We must ensure that we have positive cycles. Why, for example, is there no mosque in Tensta, I think that’s strange,” he said.

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Stockholm firefighters tackle bus depot blaze

Emergency services in Stockholm were continuing on Tuesday morning to tackle a fire that started in a bus depot almost 24 hours earlier.

Stockholm firefighters tackle bus depot blaze
File photo of a fire engine in Stockholm: Pontus Lundahl / TT

The fire, which began at around 10.30am on Monday, is likely to cause problems with traffic diversions and irregular public transport throughout Tuesday, according to SL, the company which runs the capital city's public transport.

“It's still burning and we don't know yet how long we will need to be there. Probably the whole day,” said Hans Eriksson from the Stockholm fire service. “Now we are concentrating on protecting the other surrounding buildings.”

The fire began in connection with work on the roof of the building, which contains a large bus depot and the connected offices.

Eriksson said: “It's an old building with a roof built in a complicated way and construction work, so we haven't wanted to sent people up to the roof and fight the fire from within. That's another reason it's taken longer.”

No buses are reported damaged as most of the fleet were on Stockholm's roads at the time of the fire.

Police have opened an investigation into carelessness endangering of the public.

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