Firecrackers thrown at Sweden Democrat rallies

“Someone, or some people, threw some type of firecracker or banger close to the crowd” gathered in the town square of Tranås in southern Sweden, police spokeswoman Monica Bergström told AFP.

Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats who has been campaigning ahead of the European elections, was speaking at the rally.

Police said they had opened a preliminary investigation into assault, but no arrests had been made several hours after the incident.

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