June 25, 2022

Swedish police mentioned officers wounded three individuals Sunday within the jap metropolis of Norrkoping as demonstrators protested plans by a far-right group to burn copies of the Koran.

“Police fired a number of warning pictures. Three individuals seem to have been hit by ricochets and are presently being handled in hospital”, police mentioned in an announcement.

The three who have been injured have been beneath arrest, police mentioned, including that their situation was not recognized.

Sunday’s clashes in Norrkoping have been the second there in 4 days.

On the primary event, the demonstrators had protested in opposition to a rally by anti-immigration and anti-Islam group Laborious Line, led by the Danish-Swedish politician Rasmus Paludan, 40.

The clashes occurred as individuals protested plans by a far-right group to publicly burn copies of the Koran Picture: TT NEWS AGENCY by way of AFP / Stefan JERREVANG

On Sunday, they rallied once more in protest one other gathering, which ultimately Paludan deserted.

4 individuals have been arrested among the many roughly 150 individuals, as protester threw stones at officers and vehicles have been set on hearth, police mentioned.

In line with well being companies quoted by native information company TT, 10 individuals have been hospitalised with minor accidents following the clashes and comparable unrest within the neighbouring city of Linkpping, the place far-right Laborious Line additionally deserted an illustration.

Paludan, who intends to face in Swedish legislative elections in September however doesn’t but have the mandatory variety of signatures to safe his candidature, is presently on a “tour” of Sweden.

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The tour by the far-right group has sparked several clashes between the police and counter-protesters The tour by the far-right group has sparked a number of clashes between the police and counter-protesters Picture: TT NEWS AGENCY by way of AFP / Stefan JERREVANG

He’s visiting neighbourhoods with massive Muslim populations the place he needs to burn copies of the Koran.

A lawyer and YouTuber, he has beforehand been convicted of racist insults.

In 2019, he burned a Koran wrapped in bacon and was blocked for a month by Fb after a publish conflating immigration and crime.

On Saturday, one in every of his rallies was moved from a district of Landskrona to an remoted automobile park in southern Malmo, the big neighbouring metropolis, however a automobile tried to drive the protecting limitations.

The driving force was arrested and Paludan then burned a Koran.

Laborious Line’s tour has sparked a number of clashes between the police and counter-protesters throughout the Scandinavian nation in latest days. On Thursday and Friday, round 12 cops have been injured within the clashes.

Within the wake of the string of incidents, Iraq’s international ministry mentioned it had summoned the Swedish cost d’affaires in Baghdad Sunday.

It warned that the affair may have “severe repercussions” on “relations between Sweden and Muslims usually, each Muslim and Arab nations and Muslim communities in Europe”.

In November 2020, Paludan was arrested in France and deported.

5 different activists have been arrested in Belgium shortly after, accused of eager to “unfold hatred” by burning a Koran in Brussels.