Planned Quran burnings causes unrest in Sweden

Clashes have occurred for a fourth day in a several Swedish cities, ignited by the burnings of Quran by an extreme right wing group, hostile to migrant.
Local media said three individuals were harmed in the eastern city of Norrköping on Sunday when police fired warning shots at agitators.
A few vehicles were set ablaze and about 17 individuals were captured.
On Saturday, vehicles including a transport were set ablaze in the southern city of Malmo during an extreme right meeting.
Prior, the states of Iran and Iraq brought Swedish agents to dissent about the burnings.

Danish-Swedish extremist Rasmus Paludan, who leads the Stram Kurs, or Hard Line, movement said he had burned Islam’s most sacred text and would repeat the action.

Police broke up crowd of protesters in the Rosengrad area of Malmo on Saturday

At least 16 police officers were reported to have been injured and several police vehicles destroyed in unrest on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in places where the far-right group planned events, including in the suburbs of Stockholm and in the cities of Linköping and Norrköping.

Paludan had threatened to hold another rally in Norrköping on Sunday, prompting counter-demonstrators to gather there, Deutsche Welle reported.

Local police said in a statement that they fired warning shots after coming under attack and three people were apparently hit by ricochets.

Sweden’s national police chief Anders Thornberg said in a statement on Saturday that demonstrators had shown an indifference to the lives of police officers, adding: “We have seen violent riots before. But this is something else.”

Protests against plans by Stram Kurs to burn the Quran have turned violent in Sweden before. In 2020, protesters set cars on fire and shop fronts were damaged in clashes in Malmö.

Paludan – who was jailed for a month in 2020for offences including racism in Denmark – has also attempted to plan similar burnings of the Quran in other European countries, including France and Belgium.


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