Sweden suspects ‘foreign actors’ behind riots over Quran burning | Islamophobia News

A complete of 26 cops and 14 others have been wounded within the riots and 20 autos destroyed or broken.

Sweden suspects overseas international locations had a hand in inciting violent riots in a number of cities just lately when crowds threw rocks and burned automobiles after a far-right Islamophobe introduced plans to carry an anti-Muslim rally.

Rasmus Paludan, chief of the Danish far-right Stram Kurs (Exhausting Line) social gathering, has burned copies of the Quran at occasions in Denmark the place he additionally bashes Islam, and information unfold he wished to do the identical in Sweden, sparking anger.

Paludan, who holds each Danish and Swedish nationality, “appears for some motive to hate Sweden and attempt to hurt Sweden. I don’t perceive why”, stated the nation’s Justice Minister Morgan Johansson.

In an interview with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet printed on Wednesday, Johansson referred to on-line claims that surfaced earlier this 12 months about Swedish social service companies allegedly kidnapping Muslim kids.

The overseas ministry posted a Twitter thread in February dedicated to what it termed “a disinformation marketing campaign”.

‘Center East actors’

A Swedish company established to counter misinformation stated the kidnapping allegations might be traced to an Arabic-language website whose creator expressed assist for the armed group ISIL (ISIS).

“We see how the picture of Sweden is about by a few of these actors within the Center East,” Aftonbladet quoted Johansson as saying. “It’s also addressed by a few governments in Iraq and in Iran.”

After phrase of Paludan’s deliberate stunt reached Iran and the United Arab Emirates, the governments in Tehran and Dubai summoned Swedish diplomats to protest.

A complete of 26 cops and 14 different people have been wounded within the riots, and 20 police autos destroyed or broken, officers stated. Many individuals have been arrested.

The newest violence broke out Sunday evening in Malmo, Sweden’s third-largest metropolis, as an indignant crowd of primarily younger folks set hearth to tyres, particles and rubbish bins in a neighbourhood recognized for top crime.

Two cars are burning in a parking lot during rioting in Norrkoping, Sweden
Vehicles burn in a car parking zone throughout rioting in Norrkoping on Sunday[Stefan Jerrevang/AFP]

Unrest and violent clashes have been reported in a number of different Swedish cities. Three folks have been harm in Norrkoping on Sunday as they have been hit by ricochets when police fired warning pictures.

Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson visited Norrkoping and Linkoping, one other metropolis that noticed rioting, on Wednesday.

Protests in opposition to plans by Stram Kurs to burn the Quran have turned violent in Sweden earlier than. In 2020, protesters set automobiles on hearth and shops have been broken in clashes in Malmo.

That very same 12 months, Paludan was jailed in Denmark for a month for a string of offences, together with racism.

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