published Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Sweden: 3 protesters injured by mounted police

Police mounted on horses ride through counter-demonstrators protesting against an election meeting arranged by the neo-nazi party "Svenskarnas Parti", at a square in central Malmo, Sweden, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.
Police mounted on horses ride through counter-demonstrators protesting against an election meeting arranged by the neo-nazi party "Svenskarnas Parti", at a square in central Malmo, Sweden, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — At least three people were seriously injured Saturday when mounted riot police charged demonstrators in southern Sweden, authorities said.

Police spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford said officers on horseback chased rock-throwing demonstrators who were "causing violent riots" in Malmo, Sweden's third-largest city. Swedish media published photos of people on the ground as police horses raced over them down a street.

Approximately 1,000 people had gathered in Malmo to protest an election rally by a far-right group, the Party of the Swedes, ahead of the country's Sept. 14 parliamentary vote. Those injured were protesters.

Westford said a fourth person was slightly injured after being hit by a police van.

"It goes without saying that we are not happy with what happened today," Westford said.

Six people were detained for violence, public disturbance or wearing masks. It was not immediately clear whether they would be charged.

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