In an amazing ironic twist, just hours after President Donald Trump linked rising violence in Sweden with their mass migration policy, refugee riots broke out in the suburb of Rinkeby, where many immigrants and refugees live.
The riots – where cars were overturned and set ablaze and shops were looted, were in the Stockholm suburb that witnesses said “looked like a warzone.”
Local media is reporting that police retreated to a nearby gas station after being forced to fire warning shots in the air as groups of around 30 thugs pelted them with stones.
“Our officers were attacked by a number of people, some of them masked, who threw stones. They felt under so much pressure that a shot had to be fired,” said police spokesperson Lars Bystrom.
In the unrest, which began at around 8:30 pm after a man was arrested next to Rinkeby metro station, a pedestrian on his way home was beaten and robbed, and a press photographer was hospitalized after being attacked by a group of around 15 people.
“I was hit with a lot of punches and kicks to the body and head, and spent the night in hospital”, the Dagens Nyheter photographer said.
The riots continued late into the night, with police reporting looting of shops and cars set on fire.
“I’ve witnessed turmoil and civil unrest before, but this is something else. It looks like a war zone here”, said a freelance journalist working at the site of the clashes with state television outlet SVT.
Swedish police Sergeant Peter Larsson told Breitbart: “The violence against us in the police and the paramedics and firefighters, has become much worse. We’re talking about stone throwing, violence, fires. It has become much worse in recent years.”
Following Donald Trump’s comments, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said he was “surprised” by Trump’s comments, saying that “I think also we must all take responsibility for using facts correctly, and for verifying any information that we spread.”
Swedish officials are desperate to portray their country as a peaceable country, whose migrants are assimilating peacefully – but nothing could be further from the truth.