Crowd of masked men hunt and beat up non-Swedes in Stockholm

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A far-right group accused police of failing to deal with immigrants-related crimes

Crowd of masked men hunt and beat up non-Swedes in Stockholm

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According to the local media reports, on Friday, dozens of masked man went on an anti-immigrant rampage in Stockholm in an apparent retaliation for the stabbing death of a young Swedish woman at a refugee center earlier this week.

The Aftonbladet daily said that the crowd of some 40 to 50 people went on a violent spree on Friday night at around 9 p.m. local time in and around the Swedish capital’s main railroad station. The daily also said that the rampage followed a rally of some 200 people, who protested the presence of refugees in the North European country and they were handing out leaflets saying “Enough now”.

“They were scattering leaflets which had the intention to incite people to carry out crimes,” Stockholm police said in a statement.

“We are forced to endure countless crimes while the criminals always go with some degree of impunity by claiming that they are younger than 15,” the leaflet declared. “This irresponsible stance is rooted among our spineless politicians, in our weak justice system and in our lying media and no longer surprising.”

“But we refuse to accept the destruction of our once to safe society,” it further added. “If the Swedish streets are no longer safe for Swedish men and women, it is our duty to take action.”

On Monday, the killing of Alexandra Mehzer, a 22-year-old aid worker, who was stabbed to death in a center for underage unaccompanied refugees in southern Sweden, fuelled the crisis and a 15-year-old asylum-seeker born in Nigeria is suspected of the killing.

The leaflets accused police of failing to deal with immigrants-related crimes on protect the Swedish society.

In a statement the Swedish Resistance Movement, a neo-Nazi group, claimed the attack and said they “cleaned up criminal immigrants from North Africa that are housed in the area around the Central Station”.
Europe is gripped by a wave of rising xenophobia as hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa flooded Europe which is split on how to deal with the crisis.

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