The Festival Eritrea Scandinavia in Jarva turned chaotic as around 1,000 demonstrators initiated riots at the festival site. The event faced criticism due to its alleged affiliation with the Eritrean regime, known for its dictatorship. Although further protests were planned, the police revoked the demonstration permit following the riots.
Ole-Jörgen Persson, the first vice chairman of the Jarva district council, criticized Stockholm City for allowing the festival, stating it celebrates a dictatorship. Stockholm City's Traffic Office, responsible for renting out the land, claims they don't assess values, focusing on land management.
The police grant permission for the festival, while the Traffic Office decides on land rental. The chairman of the district council, Rashid Mohammed, emphasized that freedom of speech allows the festival but condemns violence.
The festival's association rented premises from Järva Folkets Park. Last year, they declined due to conflicting values. Despite criticism, the association still received the rental.
The festival has drawn attention for its loyalty to the Eritrean regime. On Thursday, protests intensified into riots, with fires and clashes. One person was arrested, 140 detained, and over 50 injured. As of Friday, 14 remain hospitalized.