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Sweden to get new anti-segregation authority

Sweden is to get a new government agency tasked with tackling segregation in Swedish society.

Sweden to get new anti-segregation authority
File photo of apartments in a Gothenburg suburb. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

The new agency will be charged with helping to improve socially deprived areas and breaking structural inequality, the Swedish government explained.

An inquiry will prepare the first details of the “delegation on segregation”, headed by Jonas Nygren, who was previously the chairman of the municipal board in Sundbyberg and is head of the Swedish Union of Tenants (Hyresgästföreningen).

“Counteracting segregation is one of our most important issues today and for the future. We're very happy that Jonas Nygren has said yes to leading the work. He has knowledge of municipalities and politics, understands the relationship between the national and the local, and is a person who can make things happen,” Minister for Policy Coordination Ibrahim Baylan said in a press release.

The Swedish government’s program to reduce segregation between 2017 and 2025 will focus on crime, long-term unemployment, schools, social services and housing.

READ ALSO: Gothenburg 'one of Europe's most segregated cities'

PM Stefan Löfven first announced plans for a new government programme to combat segregation last summer in a speech at at the annual Almedalen politics meet-up, when he warned that Sweden may be fractured if it is not tackled.

“There must be an end to the shootings, car burnings and drug trade,” he said. 

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Man jailed for throwing stone at policeman in Sweden’s Easter riots

A 30-year-old man has been jailed for six months for throwing a stone at a policeman during one of the riots that swept Sweden over Easter.

Man jailed for throwing stone at policeman in Sweden's Easter riots

The man was found guilty of “violent rioting” and “attempted violence against an officer” for his behaviour during a riot in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on Good Friday. 

The sentence by the Solna District Court marks the first ruling connected with the unrest, which followed a series of Koran-burnings carried out by the Danish far-Right activist Rasmus Paludan. 

Although the man was found guilty of taking part in the riot, the court ruled that there was no evidence he was an organiser or instigator of the violence. 

“Many people were active and the crowd rushed back and forth for a long time. There has been no indication that [his] actions had any effect on the crowd “, the court wrote in its judgement. 

Although he threw a stone, it did no damage as the policeman managed to duck in time. 

READ ALSO: Swedish police say riots are ‘extremely serious crimes against society’

The police had requested SEK 10,000 in damages, but the court refused to award any, arguing that violence was to be expected at such a large riot. 

“This was a situation where the police had a clear reason to expect to be met by some violence, and can be assumed to have been prepared for this,” the court wrote.

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