Swedish Riots Reach Fourth Day

    A man sits injured on a street bench after a stone hit his head during a demonstration against police violence and vandalism in the Stockholm suburb of Husby. Rioting spread across Stockholm immigrant districts in a third night of unrest, raising fears that decades of integration efforts have gone dangerously awry. The riots are believed to have been sparked by the deadly police shooting last week of an elderly man in Husby -- a run down, low-income suburb that is only a short walk away from the Kista Science Tower skyscraper, a symbol of the booming IT sector in one of Europe's wealthiest cities.     AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND        (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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    More than 340 cars went up in flames Thursday as an uprising in the Swedish capital of Stockholm reached its fourth day. The rioters, mostly 20-somethings, threw rocks, broke windows, and destroyed cars as police lashed out, referring to them as “apes.” The violence stems from the police killing of a 69-year-old man carrying a machete—which was interpreted as a sign of rising police brutality. "We see a society that is becoming increasingly divided,” said Rami Al-khamisi, a man who works for social change in Sweden. Justice Minister Beatrice Ask spoke out Thursday to say she understands the anger. "Social exclusion is a very serious cause of many problems.”

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