Sweden’s capital was plunged into chaos on Monday as police were forced to fire at rioters after a violence erupted in the suburb of Rinkeby, which has been labeled a ‘no-go zone’.
In a desperate attempt to protect themselves from a 30 strong mob, which was throwing rocks, the officers were forced to fire a shot into the rampaging crowd.
Just hours earlier the Swedish PM hosted a joint press conference in Stockholm with visiting Canadian Governor General David Johnston.
In a speech, clearing intended to ridicule Donald Trump’s speech over the weekend where he told a Florida rally that Sweden was facing a crisis. Mr Löfven insisted the liberal nation was “doing well” and was a country of opportunity.
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“Let me put it like this I was, like many others I believe, surprised by the comments made about Sweden this weekend,” he said.
“Sweden like many other countries, we have opportunities, we have challenges, I believe that goes for every country in the world.
“Two weeks ago I traveled around the country and I could see people's worry but also people’s expectations and their dreams. We have challenges, no doubt about it.”
Continuing his dismissal that Sweden is facing turmoil as more than 50 areas have been labeled as ‘no-go zones’ where police officers are regularly attacked and citizens are afraid to speak to officials, the PM said the Scandinavian country was handling the issues head on.
Sweden’s capital was plunged into chaos on Monday as police were forced to fire at rioters
[We] are doing very well
Mr Löfven said: “Do not forget that in international rankings in issues such as equality, human development, competitiveness, like our guest today from Canada, [we] are doing very well.
“So yes we have opportunities, we have challenges we're working (on) them every day.
“But I think also we must all take responsibility for using facts correctly, and for verifying any information that we spread.”
The shocking insistence Sweden is not facing a crisis comes after a worldwide debate was sparked after Fox News last week aired a segment where it portrayed Sweden as a nation in decline.
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Following up on the TV channels report, President Trump told the rally on Saturday: "You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden.
"Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible.
“You look at what's happening in Brussels, you look at what's happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice, take a look at Paris."
Despite police officers taking to social media to express their frustration with the increasingly lawless tendencies across the nation, former Swedish PM Carl Bildt roared on Twitter: "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound.”
On Monday he added: "Last year there were app 50 per cent more murders only in Orlando/Orange in Florida, where Trump spoke the other day, than in all of Sweden. Bad.”
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