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Second fatal shooting in 12 hours in Gothenburg

A man in his thirties has been killed in a parking lot in Gothenburg, just twelve hours after a fatal shooting at an apartment block in the city.

Second fatal shooting in 12 hours in Gothenburg
Police at the scene on Thursday morning. Photo: TT
Police in the city have told The Local that the man was shot at while he was in a carpark Angered, about 13 kilometres north of the city centre.
 
The victim, who police say was "aged around 30", was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
 
Regional newspaper GP has speculated that the shooting was gang related, but police have not commented on this.
 
"That is what some journalists may have said but this is not something we can talk about," Stefan Gustavson, a spokesperson for west Götaland police told The Local.
 
"There is very little we can say right now. We are investigating what happened. We do not have a suspect for this morning's shooting right now," he added.
 
 
Officers were called to an apartment block in Brämaregården in Hisingen after a man in his fifties was shot. He also died later in hospital.
 
Four men in their 20s have been arrested following Wednesday's shooting and are being held by police on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault.
 
Both attacks come just a month after Gothenburg made global headlines after two people were killed and eight others injured in a shooting at a restaurant, which also took place in Hisingen.

While there have been dozens of shootings involving criminal gangs in Hisingen in recent years, fatalities are relatively rare.

“Today, the gang environment is… I don't want to exactly call it the Wild West, but something in that direction,” Amir Rostami, a leading authority on Sweden's organized crime groups told The Local last month.

 

 

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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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