Lizzie Stromme, Express, January 6, 2017
A violent gang of migrants turned a Swedish city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations into a “war zone” and chanted “jihad” as they sent fireworks into the crowds.
Photographer Freddy Mardell was planning on enjoying an evening out on Saturday when the mob launched their rampage in Malmo.
Describing scenes of horror, the Swede said one thug was calling for “jihad” while standing on top of a car in the city centre.
Mr Mardell told Friatider: “An Arab jumped on the roof of a car and yelled ‘Jihad! Jihad!’ repeatedly.
“Swedish teenagers gathered in a large group to avoid being robbed.”
Continuing, the photographer claimed police, who were out in force as NYE celebrations in the area are known to get out of hand, were too afraid to leave their cars.
“Malmo is a lost city,” Mr Mardell added as he said even journalists decided to leave out of fear for their own safety.
One journalist reportedly said: “Staying here isn’t worth it. I’m not risking my life for this.“
After shocking footage of the shocking scenes emerged online, Swedish police admitted Malmo was not safe as they could not stop thugs from sending fireworks into the crowd.
A number of disturbing incidents were reported on December 31, including more than 50 incidents of people sending rockets at police, public transport and rescue services in west Sweden alone.
Footage from Sweden’s third-largest city, destructive youths can be seen revelling in the chaos as they wreaked havoc throughout the night.
The rampage at Mollevang square was filmed by Jash Doweyko-Jurkowski, who described it as a battlefield.
Speaking to thelocal.se, he said: “Where I stood in the square I’d estimate around 20-25 people were shooting rockets, but it’s important to point out I was mostly standing in one place. There were several other places in the square where it was happening.
“When I moved to Malmo I always heard that ‘Mollevangen’ is a bit like a battlefield on New Year’s Eve, that it’s standard there and more or less a tradition.”
Police confirmed the area was taken over by thugs each year and no guarantees for safety could be given despite officers being present.
Police spokesman Nils Norling said: “It’s known that you can’t guarantee your own safety if you’re there on New Year’s Eve. There’s a risk you could be hit with a rocket.
“It’s also the case that when police are there they can be a target for someone who wants to shoot a rocket at them, so it’s difficult for them to police. No arrests were made and no police reports filed however.”