Sweden experienced unrest for the third consecutive day on Saturday. This time in Landskrona, where Danish right-wing extremist Rasmus Paludan once again obtained permission to hold a meeting with a Quran burning in the context of freedom of expression.
The newspaper Aftonbladet reported that masked youths threw stones at police, blocked roads and set cars on fire. To prevent the worst from happening, the chief of police decided to move Mazhar Paludan, the leader of the Stram Kurs (Hard Line) group, to a safer place in Malmö.
There, too, a Danish politician who openly detests Muslim immigrants was greeted by anti-fascist activists early in the evening. Those, including in the car, tried to break through the barrier. The driver was arrested.
stone on his head
Police used pepper spray to disperse other protesters, TT news agency reported. Red Cross staff tried to calm the activists and treat some of the (minor) injured. A woman got a rock on her head.
Despite Palaudan’s early departure, things remained precarious in Landskrona for some time, but the media did not mention further serious deviations from its course in the form of ignition attacks or new injuries. However, the material damage is significant.
Eight police officers were injured
Earlier, Quran burning also led to resistance and riots in Örebro and Linköping. Yesterday, eight policemen were injured, four of them in a critical condition. Although Danish politician Rasmus Paludan was given permission to hold a meeting in Örebro, this caused so much turmoil in the city that the police decided to intervene quickly. Warning shots were also fired. The officers were mainly injured by stones and fistfights. Several police cars were set on fire.
On Thursday, a similar meeting in Linköping also turned into turmoil. There, three law enforcement officers had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
Stram chorus player Baludan has been regularly involved in far-right action in recent years, as well as in other countries. In November 2020, he was arrested in France and sent across the border.
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