Chaos erupted on Monday evening as police were forced to fire at a group of around 30 thugs after they started throwing stones at the attending officers.
The shocking scenes unfolded just hours after the country’s Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, slammed Donald Trump for claiming Sweden was in crisis as a result of its liberal refugee policy.
Violence erupted after the police had tried to arrest a wanted person on the subway in the hard-hit suburb of Rinkeby.
Following the shocking attack on the police officers, Moderate Party politician Kristoffer Tamsons demanded more surveillance cameras should be installed near metro stations so officers can more easily prosecute vandals in the future.
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Kristoffer Tamsons demanded more surveillance cameras should be installed following the riot
Mr Tamsons, who is a traffic councillor at the Stockholm County Council, said: “What we saw last night was one, in a series of, attacks on important social structures, where assailants even overpower police officers.
“This is about signalling this is for real, and that is is very serious. If we don’t act here and now with the tools we have, the situation can escalate even further.
“The time where we could just point the finger at each other, and run and hide behind investigations are over. When our suburbs are on fire, we must… solve the problems here and now.”
The MP politician, who’s party secured 13 seats on the Stockholm County Council in the 2014 general election, said the cameras should be installed across the Swedish capital to aid law enforcement.
When our suburbs are on fire, we must… solve the problems here and now
Speaking to Expressen.se, Mr Tamsons also urged the government to rapidly change the law to send a clear signal violence will not be tolerated.
“[By installing cameras] we can monitor what is happening there and be able to identify the perpetrators and help the police to prosecute them,” Mr Tamsons said.
The demand followed a shocking night of rioting as a police officer was forced to shot into the rowdy crowd as they felt threatened.
Sylvia Odin, of the Stockholm police, said: “There was stone throwing and they were placed in a situation where a number of people jointly attacked and threw stones. They felt vulnerable and threatened.
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Sweden's capital was plunged into chaos as police were forced to fire at rioters after a violence erupted in an area described as high risk.
“The initial information we received was that a warning shot [was fired] but when the picture cleared, it turned out it was for effect [meaning it was intended to hit the target].”
Another officer told Aftonbladet: “The police were cornered between the stone throwers and their car and shot towards the stone thrower but missed.”
In addition to the police being attacked, emergency services had their hands full as 10 cars were set alight in Rinkeby.
Footage of the chaos emerged just weeks after three police officers were taken to hospital after being attacked by a mob in Rinkeby.
The furious debate about Sweden’s crisis comes as officials have placed more than 50 areas on a high-risk list where they admit they do not have control.
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