Stockholm: Police said on Saturday that in southern Sweden, violence broke out in southern Sweden because an anti-Muslim Danish politician was prevented from participating in a Koran burning rally. At least 10 people were arrested and several policemen were injured.
Police and local media said the protesters threw rocks and burned tires at police in Malmö on Friday night. As the evening approached, violence escalated.
Police spokesman Rickard Lundqvist told the Swedish tabloid Expressen that the demonstration of about 300 people was related to an incident that occurred earlier in the day. The protesters burned a copy of the Islamic holy book. book.
Police spokesman Patric Fors told AFP that 10 to 20 protesters were arrested on Friday night and “all were released.”
He added that several policemen were slightly injured. The violence subsided before Saturday morning.
“Those who act like this have nothing to do with Islam,” Samir Muric, an imam, said on Facebook.
“It’s not right,” Malmo resident Shahed told the SVT public broadcaster. “But it wouldn’t have happened if they hadn’t burnt the Koran,” he added.
Rasmus Paludan, who leads the far-right Danish anti-immigration party Hard Line, was due to travel to Malmo to speak at Friday’s event, which was being held on the same day as main weekly prayers for Muslims.
However, the authorities announced that Paludan had been banned from entering Sweden for two years, which prevented Paludan from coming. He was later arrested near Malmö.
“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, during which six people were arrested for inciting racial hatred.
“It hurts,” Salim Mohammed Ali, a Muslim resident of Malmo for over 20 years, told SVT on Saturday.
“People get angry and I understand that, but there are other ways of doing things,” he added.
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 received media attention last year for burning the Qur’an wrapped in bacon, and this meat is an abomination for Muslims.
Malmö is an industrial city with 320,000 inhabitants. More than 40% of its residents are of foreign origin.