Riots in Sweden’s Malmo after anti-Muslim Danish leader blocked from 'Quran-burning rally', given two-year ban

Rasmus Paludan, who was arrested near Malmo ahead of the rally, had last year burnt a Quran wrapped in bacon

Agence France-Presse August 29, 2020 11:32:16 IST
Riots in Sweden’s Malmo after anti-Muslim Danish leader blocked from 'Quran-burning rally', given two-year ban

Stockholm: Protesters threw stones at police and burned tyres in southern Sweden late on Friday, authorities said, hours after an anti-Muslim Danish politician was blocked from attending a Quran-burning rally nearby.

About 300 people were on the streets of Malmo with violence escalating as the evening wore on, according to police and local media.

The demonstration was connected to an incident earlier in the day in which protesters burned a copy of the Islamic holy book, police spokesman Rickard Lundqvist told Swedish tabloid Expressen.

Rasmus Paludan, who leads the far-right Danish anti-immigration party Hard Line, was due to travel to Malmo to speak at that event, which was being held on the same day as weekly prayers for the Muslim sabbath.

But authorities pre-empted Paludan's arrival by announcing he had been banned from entering Sweden for two years. He was later arrested near Malmo.

"We suspect that he was going to break the law in Sweden," Calle Persson, spokesman for the police in Malmo told AFP.

"There was also a risk that his behaviour would pose a threat to society."

But his supporters went ahead with the rally, and three people were then arrested for inciting racial hatred.

Paludan later put up a scathing message on Facebook. "Sent back and banned from Sweden for two years. However, rapists and murderers are always welcome!" he wrote.

Paludan last year attracted media attention for burning a Quran wrapped in bacon - a meat that is anathema for Muslims.

Updated Date:

also read

UN headquarters in New York cordoned off over police stand-off with armed man, say officials
World

UN headquarters in New York cordoned off over police stand-off with armed man, say officials

Images showed armed police surrounding a man standing on a sidewalk while holding what appeared to be a gun

PM Modi calls for constitution of high-power police tech mission for grassroot policing
India

PM Modi calls for constitution of high-power police tech mission for grassroot policing

Addressing the valedictory session of the 56th conference of DGPs and IGPs in UP, the prime minister sought an analysis of all police-related incidents and developing case studies to make it an institutionalised learning mechanism

Madhya Pradesh: Police Commissionerate system to be implemented in Bhopal and Indore
India

Madhya Pradesh: Police Commissionerate system to be implemented in Bhopal and Indore

Police Commissionerate system essentially splits a district in two parts from the point of view of policing, Commissioner of Police takes charge of the cities that form the large urbanised settlement