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Police say several people injured when Swedish mounted police charge demonstrators

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    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. Two people were reportedly injured. There were several thousand protesters, while the party meeting totaled less than a hundred sympathizers. (AP Photo/TT News Agency, Drago Prvulovic) SWEDEN OUT (The Associated Press)

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    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. Two people were reportedly injured. There were several thousand protesters, while the party meeting totaled less than a hundred sympathizers. (AP Photo/TT News Agency, Drago Prvulovic) SWEDEN OUT (The Associated Press)

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    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. Two people were reportedly injured. There were several thousand protesters, while the party meeting totaled less than a hundred sympathizers. (AP Photo/TT News Agency, Drago Prvulovic) SWEDEN OUT (The Associated Press)

Swedish police say several people were injured, including one seriously, when mounted police charged demonstrators in the southern part of the country.

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

Westford also told the Swedish news agency TT that another person was injured after they were hit by a police van.

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.