Several protests have been held on the Swedish island of Gotland and a refugee center there has been attacked with stones since police released several men, reportedly asylum seekers, accused of gang-raping a wheelchair-bound woman.

 

 

The incident took place in the small town of Visby on Gotland on October 2. A woman in her 30s contacted police about the rape, Swedish Aftonbladet newspaper reported, citing her lawyer Staffan Fredriksson. 

 

The victim said that she had shared a taxi home with a man after going to a restaurant. At some point, she said she needed a toilet and the man offered the one at his place.

 

“She followed him in and had no fears that something would happen. Then the man took advantage of the situation. The abuse started in the toilet,” Fredriksson said, adding that several other men joined in the abuse.

 

“Where they came from we don’t know. This was going on for a couple of hours,” said Fredriksson. “She got paralyzed in this situation and was not able to bring herself to resist physically, other than saying no.”

 

The woman was stranded in the offender’s property, as she can’t walk long distances and uses a wheelchair. She somehow managed to take a wheelchair and get away, however.

 

Fredriksson said that the woman’s injuries were documented by a doctor. “She is completely broken down,” he added.

 

Six men, all in their 20s, were arrested after the attack, and one was soon released. The remaining five remained in police custody until they were released on Wednesday. The investigation is still ongoing.

 

Swedish police did not release the nationality of the alleged perpetrators, or any other details about them. They even removed the post about the incident from Facebook, citing bad language and verbal attacks. 

 

“We are restricted from specifying ethnicity, description, or other information, such as age, appearance and addresses [of the alleged offenders],” police wrote on Facebook.

 

However, Expressen newspaper reported that the suspects are all asylum seekers and that the rape allegedly took place at asylum accommodation.

 

Radio Nordfront released a video that claims to show the alleged rapists.

 

Users on social media have been distributing screenshots from the video with angry comments.