Burned bus, gunshot wounds: serious riots after right-wing rallies in Sweden – politics

On Easter Sunday, counter-demonstrators revolted again after a meeting of the far-right Stram Kurs party in Sweden. came to the riots. In the southern town of Norrköpping, police said they fired warning shots. Three people were injured, broadcaster SVT reported in the evening.

There were also riots in Linköping, with more than 25 arrests in total. Police say they themselves were attacked. Ten people were hospitalized with minor injuries, TT news agency reported, citing health authorities.

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In Norrköping, 150 demonstrators took to the streets on Sunday against Stram Kurs. According to the police, stones were thrown at the officers and cars were set on fire. Police arrested four protesters.

The protests were sparked by a meeting of Stram Kurs. Their party leader, the lawyer Rasmus Paludan, is currently on tour in various Swedish towns and organizes meetings where a Koran must be burned at each one. There were several clashes between police and counter-protesters.

Aged 40, he has Danish and Swedish nationality and plans to stand with a Swedish affiliate of his party in the general elections on September 11. In Denmark, Stram Kurs calls for the prohibition of Islam and the expulsion of people who are not of Danish origin.

Responsible for the Tight Course evening: Rasmus Paludan – here in September 2021.Photo: Nils Petter Nilsson/TT/dpa

In Malmö, a bus caught fire on Easter Sunday evening after unidentified people threw a flaming object at the vehicle. Passengers were able to exit the bus in time. Other vehicles and several garbage cans also burned in the southern Swedish town.

The protests in Malmö emerged after the originally planned event in the town of Landskrona was moved to Malmö due to riots. Police said around 100 people, mostly young people, threw rocks and set cars, trash cans and tires on fire in Landskrona. After the transfer to Malmö, the protests also intensified there. Party leader Paludan was thrown with a stone and beaten.

Malmo Police Chief Petra Stenkula said he was sad that free speech had become a “passport” for such riots. Fortunately, there were only a few minor injuries during the night. A 16-year-old boy was arrested.

Several police cars were set on fire in the city of Örebro on Good Friday. A dozen police officers were injured. There were also stone-throwing riots in the capital Stockholm.

The burning of the Koran by Paludan also provoked an official reaction from Malaysia. The Muslim-majority island nation’s foreign minister said the action went “beyond moral boundaries and standards of the right to freedom of expression”. It fuels hatred “which must be rejected by all who seek peace and promote peaceful coexistence”, he said. (Afp, AFP, Tsp)

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