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Police search for two suspects following Gothenburg shooting

Police in Gothenburg are hunting for two suspects after a man was found with gunshot injuries in suburb Frölunda.

Police search for two suspects following Gothenburg shooting
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Officers were called to the southwestern suburb at 22:00 by several people in the area who heard gunshots, and found the injured man when they arrived. Police dogs also found empty bullet casings at scene.

“He he was found in or at the entrance to Bergkristallsparken with what appeared to be gunshot injuries,” police west region spokesperson Ulla Brehm told news agency TT.

Police are now looking for two suspected perpetrators who fled the scene in a dark car. According to witnesses, they were wearing dark clothing.

The condition of the man who was shot is currently not known. Aged between 20 and 30, he was taken to the hospital and police have now launched a preliminary investigation into attempted murder.

“We have several witnesses and they'll of course have more details during interviews, and the various interviews will complement one another. We have police with good personal and local knowledge in this area, but it may be that we get a better picture of what happened through physical descriptions and information from different people that is pieced together,” Brehm explained to newspaper Göteborgs Posten.

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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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