Police dissolve anti-racism rally in Sweden

Photo: Ana Maria Gonzalez.
By Diego Recinos

Although the demonstration did not have the permission of the authorities, nail 300 people arrived around the United States embassy in Stockholm, this saturday afternoon. After an hour, the police dissolved the group and, at least, a person was arrested.

Saturday's rally outside the U.S. Embassy began quietly and peacefully. At 3:15 pm, a large group began to scream: “black lives matter” Y “there are no racists on our streets”. Then, at least three people gave shorts, but emotional, speeches. Fajo Allwan received great applause when he spoke about the everyday racism he faced.

"Somebody told me: how would you look if you were white. You would be much nicer with straight hair. I don't want to live in a society where my color makes me vulnerable. And I'm tired of people who look like me getting killed. ", express Fajo Allwan.

Shortly after 4 pm, the police decided to break up the demonstration, since the number of people exceeded 50 allowed as a result of the measures implemented by the Swedish state for the coronavirus pandemic.

After half an hour, a large number of police officers approached the group to evict them from the scene. Some of them knelt in what has become a symbolic act for the Black Lives Matter movement. Then there were some 100 people on the street. Some of those who did not want to leave the site were taken or dragged from the street to a green area.

A few minutes after dissolving the rally, many of the attendees focused on a nearby area from where they started marching downtown.

During the march, and after being surrounded in a street cross, some protesters had altercations with the police. As a result, one person was arrested for attempted violence against an official and another person is suspected of the same crime.

Photo: Ana Maria Gonzalez.
Photo: Ana Maria Gonzalez.
Photo: Marlon Hernandez.
Photo: Marlon Hernandez.
Photo: Ana Maria Gonzalez.
Photo: Marlon Hernandez.
Photo: Ana Maria Gonzalez.
Photo: Marlon Hernandez.
Photo: Marlon Hernandez.
Video: Ana Maria Gonzalez.