Riots erupt in Swedish suburb days after Trump comments

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne Florida U.S. Feb. 18 2017

The situation became so dire that a police officer fired his weapon, a rarity in the Scandinavian country, although nobody was shot.

It's true that Sweden, which prides itself on welcoming newcomers, is seeing a new kind of urban unrest.

In an emailed statement to CNN, Swedish police said that while riots like those on Monday night are unusual, it is not the first time unrest has broken out in Rinkeby.

Riots broke out in Sweden after President Donald Trump implied that the country was experiencing violence because of its immigrant population.

Swedish police have launched an investigation after a riot erupted in a predominantly immigrant suburb of the capital, Stockholm.

For about four hours the crowd burned at least six cars, smashed shopfront windows and threw rocks at police, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter says. "You look at what's happening last night in Sweden", Trump said.

The comments were part of a section of his speech on terror attacks around the world in countries like France and Belgium and the need for better vetting of immigrants. "I have spent the night in hospital", he told the newspaper.

Trump accused news outlets of not reporting on Sweden's immigrant's correctly. That was the highest per-capita rate in Europe, and the country's has since reduced the number of refugees and migrants it will accept, acknowledging it can not manage such a large inflow.

Several shops in the area were looted during the riots.

So far, attacks linked to extremism have remained rare in Sweden. In 2010, Taimour Abdulwahab, an Iraqi-born Swede, carried out a suicide bombing in central Stockholm, killing himself and injuring two others.

Fore more on Sweden's crime statistics and immigration, there are these recent fact checks.

"It's very judgmental", said Nicklas Lund, a spokesman for the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, which researches the country's crime data, according to ABC News.

Last year, the number of reported rapes rose to 67 incidents per 100,000 people, up from 60 per 100,000 in 2015 but down from 69 per 100,000 in 2014.

While Sweden has reported an uptick in crime in recent years, there's little evidence that suggests its influx of immigrants is to blame. The officer denied the newspaper's suggestion that police had purposely kept quiet and pointed out that the department would not have discussed the ethnicities of suspects regardless.

Clearly offended by Trump's comment, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven mentioned it during a joint press conference with visiting Canadian Governor General David Johnston.

"Give the public a break - The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully".



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