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Sweden's Suburbs, Sweden's Riots

Police shoot a knife-wielding immigrant, and anger gets vented
Bystanders take photos of a row of burning cars in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby after a riot, on May 23, 2013
Bystanders take photos of a row of burning cars in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby after a riot, on May 23, 2013Photograph by Fredrik Sandberg/AP Photo

It takes 23 minutes to get to Raagsved by local train from the center of Stockholm. Once there, you have two choices. Walk over a low hill past a well-regarded elementary school, and you will find rows of three-story, slate-roofed townhouses. Each has a small lawn. In the summer, families hang plants on the terraces that front each story.

Or you can look right in front of you, to a modernist dream of a poured-concrete hemicycle with a bar and a youth center. Past it sits a soccer field covered in fine gravel. And overlooking that, a circle of seven 10-story flat grey towers, each story with a row of satellite dishes. On the far side of the circle, young mothers in hijab watch their children play on a wooden pirate ship.