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Instagram sparks riot in Sweden


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From The Local…

Followers of the Instagram account ballooned as more and more pictures of Swedish teens labeled as “sluts” and “whores”.

“It grew to 7,000 to 8,000 followers. They were [pictures of] younger siblings of my friends, born around 1997 and later, that were uploaded,” a 22-year-old Gothenburg resident told Aftonbladet.

Once the Instagram account was shut down, the allegations then appeared on a Facebook page. Users began naming each other and the comments field was quickly filled with threats of violence.

A second Facebook page called for people to assemble at the school of the 17-year-old girl believed to have posted the initial ‘slut request’ and then shared the pictures of the underage girls. That page reportedly said the older girl needed to be beaten up as punishment.

Expecting trouble, police had gathered at the Plusgymnasiet high school by 8.30am on Tuesday.

“As far as I know, about 600 said they were coming on the Facebook event page and are heading here,” police spokesman Fredrik Dahlgren told TT this morning.

Certain streets around the school have been blocked off, with horse-mounted police, SWAT teams, and police using city buses to shuttle people away from the scene.

One witness told the Aftonbladet newspaper that the situation seemed to be spiraling out of control.

“The protesters are kicking down lampposts and jumping on cars,” he told the paper.

“They’re going berserk.”

Around 1.30pm, police spokesman Björ Blixer admitted police were having trouble handling the tumult.

“It doesn’t feel like we have control of the situation at the moment,” he told Aftonbladet.

The rioting students then moved over to the Nordstan mall in central Gothenburg, forcing confused holiday shoppers to take cover inside stores as police work to bring the unruly teens under control.

“They rushed in and were chasing one another and shouting threats,” one frightened shopper told TT.

Police have parked a van in front of one of the mall entrances, according to TT, in an effort to block the advance of the angry mob.