The far-right politician's threats to burn the Koran trigger a weekend of violence in Sweden

The far-right politician’s threats to burn the Koran trigger a weekend of violence in Sweden

The far-right politician’s threats to burn the Koran trigger a weekend of violence in Sweden

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The threat from a far-right Danish politician to burn the Koran and pour “pig’s blood” on it has sparked riots in Sweden in recent days.

The anti-Muslim and far-right political party Stram Kurs planned to hold a demonstration in the city of Landskrona, but announced a change of location in the city of Malmo after protesters threw stones and set cars, tires on fire. and garbage cans.

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Kim Hild, a police spokesman in southern Sweden, said the authorities would not revoke the permit for anti-Muslim demonstrations as they had not crossed the threshold to deny free speech.

The right of protesters “to demonstrate and speak openly weighs heavily and it takes an incredible amount to ignore,” Hild told Swedish news agency TT.

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Swedish police reported that as many as 100 young people were involved in the violence on Saturday, following a more violent clash on Friday between protesters and counter-demonstrators in the city of Orebro.

Orebro’s protest required the intervention of the riot police.

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Similar protests have occurred in other cities, including the capital Stockholm.

Rasmus Paludan, a Danish lawyer who also holds Swedish citizenship and created the Stram Kurs party, addressed the attendees as protesters threw stones at him. No one was seriously injured, but Paludan was hit in the leg by a stone.

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Paludan founded the party, whose name means “Hard Line”, in 2017, but has not yet reached the 2% threshold required for representation in the Folketing, the Danish parliament.

The party posts videos on a YouTube channel, which mainly features party demonstrations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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