Stockholm police dispersed a protest on Wednesday, June 3 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement for violating restrictive measures during the coronavirus pandemic. This was reported by STV.
About a thousand people gathered on Sergeelstorg Square, and according to the rules of the fight against COVID-19 in Sweden, the allowed number of participants 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 the protesters to gather more than what was announced and urged the participants to be conscientious and to disperse voluntarily, 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. A large enough group gathered in front of the Royal Palace. The police had to use mustard gas against individual Protestants to make them obey the order to disperse.
One man was detained for calling for violent action.
In general, everyone behaved peacefully and, according to the press service of the Metropolitan Police, as long as no information about any victims is available. Law enforcers continue to be on duty in the streets as small groups of demonstrators are still moving around the city.
On June 2, an uncoordinated protest took place in Paris to commemorate the death of 24-year-old Adama Traoré following his detention by police in June 2016, which turned into riots and clashes between protesters and police. In France, however, there was a ban on mass events in connection with the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Paris protest is taking place against the backdrop of ongoing riots in the United States since the beginning of last week after the death of 46-year-old African-American George Floyd as a result of severe police detention. The incident took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.