Public broadcaster SVT reported that there is unrest for the third day in a row in Sweden due to the announcement of the burning of the Qur’an. Danish far-right politician Rasmus Paludan, who also burned the Koran at other political meetings, was stoned in Malmö.
Police said he had a wound to his leg. A Danish journalist was also reported to have been injured.
In addition to Malmö, there was also a clash in Landskrona between protesters and agents. But the situation seems Less dangerous than yesterdayWhen at least 12 officers were wounded.
The cause of the riots is a series of Paludan meetings. In these appearances he gives a speech, and burns the Qur’an under the pretext of freedom of expression. Muslims regard the burning of their holy book as a provocation.
Throwing stones at the police
In Landskrona, where Palaudan also wanted to burn a Koran, counter-demonstrators threw stones at the police. Then it was decided to move the event to Malmö. So it got out of hand there too.
The meeting place in Malmö was surrounded by crushing barriers, after which a motorist entered. The driver was arrested. As far as is known, no one was hurt. Officers used pepper spray to ward off rioters. Cars were also set on fire.
Although appearances at Landskrona were canceled, they remained precarious there as well. Swedish radio reported that at least two cars were on fire. A video clip shows police vehicles being pelted with stones by masked men. Police said earlier in the afternoon that no arrests had been made and no officers were injured.
The riots began on Thursday in Linköping. At least three officers were injured and several cars were set ablaze. The next day riots broke out in Stockholm and Örebro.
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