Thousands protest at Israel-Sweden match

March 7, 2009 at 5:38 PM

MALMO, Sweden, March 7 (UPI) -- Thousands of people demonstrated Saturday during Israel-Sweden Davis Cup play in Malmo, Sweden, to protest the invasion of Gaza.

Police estimated the crowd of protesters at 6,000, The Local reported. About 1,000 officers were on duty on the ground and in helicopters.

Most of those at the Stop the Match march were peaceful but police said some young people rushed the barricades and threw rocks with about five arrested, the BBC reported.

Sweden won doubles play Saturday, giving it a 2-1 lead over Israel.

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