Stockholm police broke up a demonstration in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Wednesday, June 3 (“black Lives matter») for violating restrictive measures during the coronavirus pandemic.
About a thousand people gathered on Sergelstorg square, and according to the current Swedish anti-COVID-19 rules, the allowed number of participants in meetings is 50 people. That’s how many people were listed in the permit for the demonstration.
The organizers of the action themselves did not expect that the protesters would gather more than stated, and called on the participants to show consciousness and voluntarily disperse, but they did not listen, and the police had to intervene.
The demonstrators, in turn, broke into groups and moved through the center of Stockholm. Quite a large group gathered in front of the Royal Palace. The police had to use mustard gas against individual Protestants to force them to obey orders to disperse.
One person was arrested for calling for violent actions.
In General, everyone behaved peacefully, and, according to the press service of the Metropolitan police, there is no information about any victims yet. Law enforcement officers are still on duty in the streets, as small groups of demonstrators are still moving around the city.
On June 2, an uncoordinated protest was held in Paris in memory of the death of 24-year-old Adama Traore after he was detained by police in June 2016 and turned into riots and clashes between protesters and the police. At the same time, France has a ban on mass events in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Paris demonstration comes amid ongoing unrest in the United States since the beginning of last week after the death of 46-year-old African-American George Floyd in heavy police custody. The incident occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota.