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Riot at Festival Eritrea on Järvafältet

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Thursday, 03 August 2023

Riot at festival on Järvafältet

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3 August 2023, 13.55 , updated 3 August 2023, 15.01

Violence has erupted in connection with a loyalist Eritrean festival on Järvafältet in Stockholm, Expressen writes.

According to the newspaper, around 1,000 counter-protesters should be on site and stone throwing has occurred.

People are also said to have taken poles and tent pegs from demolished tents to use as extras, according to Expressen.

- What I can talk about is that the police are there to stop criminal acts. It's about people who chose not to follow the instructions the police gave them, says Towe Hägg, press spokesperson at the police, to TT.

On their website, the police write that it is a violent riot.

At the moment, there is no information about injured festival participants or others who were in the area, according to the police. Nor are any policemen reported to be injured in connection with the riot.

Expressen states that at least nine police buses are on site.

The rescue service and ambulance are also on site, but Helen Wickberg, team leader at SOS Alarm, cannot see how many units of each are on site.

- A lot of people have called us, she says.

The E18 at the Järva area is temporarily closed due to people being on the road. SL stated at 2:40 p.m. that "no buses operate on Tensta due to disturbances", but that the subway was still running as usual.

Festival Eritrea Scandinavia has been organized since the 1990s, according to Nyhetsbyrån Järva. The event has previously been criticized for attending to the business of the Eritrean regime. It has also been reported that the regime earns millions of kroner from the festival.

In the past, many have demonstrated against the festival under the slogan "Dawit Isaak Campaign" after the Eritrean-Swedish writer Dawit Isaak, who has been imprisoned in Eritrea without trial since 2001.

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