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At least two injured in ‘serious crime’ at Malmö upper secondary school

At least two people have been seriously injured at an upper secondary school in the Swedish city of Malmö in what police are describing as "a serious crime".

At least two injured in 'serious crime' at Malmö upper secondary school
Police and paramedics on stand outside Malmö Latinskola. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Pupils at Malmö Latinskola told Swedish media that police officers had rushed into the school with their weapons drawn, and that two people had been carried out from the school’s main entrance, and taken away in an ambulance.

“The police came in with weapons drawn and asked everyone to evacuate the school,” one pupil told Swedish state broadcaster SVT. “But we don’t know what had happened.”

Police were called to the school shortly after 5pm, after which it was cordoned off, and surrounded by police cars and ambulances.

According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, police were called to the scene to deal with a case of “ongoing deadly violence”.

“We do not have a full picture of the situation. This is something we are working on now,” Rickard Lundqvist, from the Malmö police told the Sydsvenskan newspaper. “Before we properly understand what has happened we do not want to give any more details.”

Fredrik Hemmensjö, the school’s headmaster, told Aftonbladet that the situation was “absolutely terrible”.

“All I know is that the school is facing deadly violence. I wish I know more,” he said from the city of Gothenberg, where he was away on a visit.

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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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