October 20, 2020

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Far-right activists in Sweden burns Quran

Video circulating of far-right activists burning a Koran near a mosque in Malmo, Sweden, sparked riots overnight, law enforcement said Saturday.

More than 300 rioters threw stones at police and burned tires in the southern Swedish city after video circulated of far-right Danish politician Rasmus Paludan’s followers burning a copy of the Muslim holy book.

Malmo police had denied Paludan, the leader of Denmark’s extremist Hard Line Party, permission to hold an anti-Islamic protest Wednesday. On Friday afternoon, Paludan was banned from entering Sweden for two years, but that didn’t stop his supporters from filming themselves burning one copy of a Koran on Friday night, and kicking another one around the city’s main square like a football.

Rioters accused police of violating their civil rights by allowing people to burn the Koran, but one officer said they made arrests as soon as the the video came out. Amid the rioting, prominent Muslim leader Samir Muric pleaded with the rioters to stop and accused them of shaming their own religion. Muric also condemned the rioting on his Facebook page.

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