40 injured after a “round” of burning the Noble Qur’an

Serious scenes of violence spread in the country for several days following an anti-Islam tour by a far-right group.

The Swedish police raised, on Monday, the toll of serious violence that took place in several cities in the country, following a “tour” of an extremist right-wing group that wants to burn the Koran, to 40 injured, including 26 officers.

The administration of this anti-Islam tour also drew condemnation from several Muslim countries: after Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Turkish diplomacy denounced on Monday. “Reluctance to prevent provocative and anti-Islamic actions (…) under the guise of freedom of expression”With a demonstration in front of the Swedish embassy in Iran.

for screams“Allah is the greatest” (God is greatest), the first counter-demonstrations against the arrival of the leader of the Danish anti-Islam party “Hardline”, Rasmus Paludan, on Thursday turned into violence against the police, in areas with strong Muslim communities. The Swedish cities of Norrköping and Linköping.

Then scenes of rioting over the weekend spread to several other cities, where Paludan, who holds both Danish and Swedish citizenship, set fires or planned to set fire to copies of Islam’s holy book.

We tried to kill the police officers.

Swedish police, whose 20 cars were burned or damaged, are considered the main target of what they describeViolent riots. “A lot of things indicate that the main target is the police, not the regulators”said Jonas Heising, Special Operations Commander, at a news conference.

We tried to kill the police officers.At his side was the country’s chief of police, Anders Thornberg. “The criminals took advantage of the situation to show violence” and this “has nothing to do with the demonstrations”, as claimed. Swedish police also suspect that the violence was foreign-backed, but no country has been identified.

Monday saw calm return, with Sweden leaving Baludan, who returned to Denmark.

More than forty people, including several minors, were arrested in these clashes which also took place in Malmö, Örebro and Rinkeby, a suburb of Stockholm. The violence came to a head on Sunday when police were forced to fire warning shots in Norrköping, injuring three people with gunshots they said were caused by ricochet. Apart from the police, 14 people were injured.

“About 200 participants were immediately violent and the police had to intervene with weapons in self-defence,” According to Mr. Haising. Clashes with police, punctuated by stone-throwing and burning cars, led to 26 arrests in Norrköping and Leschöping on Sunday.

In Malmö, where Mr. Baludan had burnt a Koran on Saturday, the night of Sunday to Monday was turbulent, as the day before, with a school fire in particular.

Sometimes provocation is “allowed”

From Denmark to Belgium via France, Rasmus Paludan has in recent years been accustomed to projects to set fire to copies of the Qur’an, generally in immigrant neighborhoods with a large Muslim population. Events are often banned by police, but sometimes it is tolerated in the name of freedom to demonstrate despite the high tensions caused by rallies, such as on Thursday in Sweden.

These licenses raise a state of misunderstanding in the Arab-Muslim world. “Sweden’s despicable attacks on our holy book, the Qur’an, show that the lessons of the past have not been learned”The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Twitter, deploring this Hate crimes are openly permitted under the guise of freedom of expression.

And the Iraqi diplomat had summoned the Swedish Chargé d’Affairs on Sunday, and she actually denounced it A provocation to the feelings of Muslims and an insult to what is sacred to them. Saudi Arabia also has “Condemns the actions and provocations of some extremists in Sweden against Muslims.”According to his official agency.

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