Youths rioted in Stockholm to protest the police shooting death of a 69-year-old man who allegedly attacked police with a knife.
Gangs of youths angered by the police shooting death of a 69-year-old man in a mainly immigrant neighborhood hurled rocks at police and set cars and buildings on fire in a Stockholm suburb early Monday, forcing the evacuation of an apartment block.
Around 50 youths were involved in the riots in the suburb of Husby, police spokesman Lars Bystrom said.
The youths set fire to a parking garage, compelling police to evacuate residents from an adjacent apartment block, Bystrom said. Residents were allowed to return home after a couple of hours.
Around 80 percent of the roughly 11,000 people living in Husby — a drab apartment block neighborhood west of Stockholm — are first or second generation immigrants.
Bystrom said police responded to calls of burning cars and were met by masked youths hurling rocks at them.