Far-right demonstrators within side the southern Swedish town of Malmo burned a Quran and sparked protests and violence after more than 300 people gathered to protest amidst the Sweden riots, police said Saturday.
The riots started right after Rasmus Paludan, leader of Danish far-right political party Hard Line, had been denied permission to have a meeting in Malmo and was stopped at the Swedish border, according to reports
The protestors set car tires on fire and threw objects at police officers.
Rioters set fires and hurled items at police and emergency services Friday night, slightly injuring some police officers and contributing to about 15 people being detained.
About 300 people were violently protesting on the streets of the town, according to the police and local media. The crime kept escalating as time progressed.
Earlier in the day, the demonstration was linked to an incident in which demonstrators burned a copy of the holy Islamic journal, according to a senior police officer.
Rasmus Paludan is the leader of the far-right Danish anti-immigration party Hard Line. He was on his way to Malmo to speak at the event which was being organized on the same day as the Muslim Sabbath weekly prayers. The Swedish artist and provocateur Dan Park, who was previously accused of incitement against ethnic groups, invited Paludan to join.
But the authorities preempted Paludan’s arrival by declaring that he was forbidden to reach Sweden for two years. He was later detained near Malmo. “We believe he had been violating Sweden’s rule,” Calle Persson, Malmo police spokesperson told AFP. He also added that Paludan’s behavior was dangerous for the peacefulness of the society.
Despite the actions taken against the leader, his followers continued the rally. Arrests of three people were made for inciting racial hatred. Paludan subsequently posted a scathing message on Facebook, about how he was sent back and banned from Sweden.
- Paludan is a Danish politician and lawyer who founded the far-right group Stam Kurs in 2017 and was noted for making anti-Muslim videos on YouTube, often wrapped in bacon, whose content included burning the Quran, which he justified as a tribute to freedom of speech.
- In June, Paludan was convicted on charges of racism for posting anti-Islam videos on social media platforms of his group, as a consequence, he was sentenced to three months in prison and disbarred from practicing law.
- He was sentenced to 14 days of punitive jail for making a racist speech in 2019.
- He was found guilty on 14 charges including racism, slander, and reckless driving in June and spent a month in prison along with a suspended term of two months.
- In the past Danish elections, Paludan almost entered the parliament with a proposal focused on expulsion from Denmark of more than 300,000 Muslims and banning Islam.
- Paludan was banned from entering Sweden on Friday and imposed a two-year ban on entry.
Immigration in Sweden
According to a study published in March by Brookings, Sweden has traditionally been a haven for refugees and has taken the most refugees per capita after Canada and Australia. According to the study, Sweden received a record of 162,000 asylum applicants mainly from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan in 2015. This influx of Muslim asylum seekers from war-torn countries has had a huge effect on Swedish politics.
The third-largest faction in the Swedish parliament is right-wing. Swedish Democrats rooted in Neo-Nazism. It has generated the impression among citizens in recent years that the influx of mainly Muslim immigrants has contributed to a rise in crime. Also since 2015-2016, many Swedes see refugees as placing pressure on public finances in a country with one of the most generous welfare systems.
An article in The New York Times reported that the massive influx of immigrants into Sweden threatens the durability of the country’s model. This relies on its citizens paying some of the world’s highest taxes and “comprehending that everyone can work.” But a large number of refugees, many of whom are not as qualified and educated, by any means they can depend on welfare for years, something Swedes are becoming increasingly concerned about.
Sweden’s support for right-wing parties is in line with the mood in the rest of Europe. There has been an increase in the popularity of conservative parties in recent years. This includes the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Germany and Vox in Spain, which have taken national identity and immigration to the forefront.
There are real biased attitudes, biases, and deliberate discrimination against Muslims within key Western communities. The signs of Islamophobia that occur in the West are seeing Muslims as not trustworthy, expressing discrimination towards Muslims, and avoiding Muslims as neighbors.
They are usually represented by a subset of the general population, although they occur in sufficient numbers to attract attention and concern to both. It’s something to discuss the very nature of Islamophobia. The degree to which individuals who demonstrate Islamophobia have specific views of Muslims in their families, Muslims internationally, and Islam as a religion is real and with observable results quantifiable.
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