Riots in Sweden after Quran burning by far-right activists

Stockholm, August 30 

Far-right activists burned a Quran within the southern Swedish metropolis of Malmo, sparking riots and unrest after greater than 300 individuals gathered to protest, police mentioned Saturday.

Rioters set fires and threw objects at police and rescue companies Friday night time, barely injuring a number of cops and resulting in the detention of about 15 individuals.

The violence adopted the burning Friday afternoon of a Quran, close to a predominantly migrant neighbourhood, that was carried out by far-right activists and filmed and posted on-line, in accordance with the TT information company.

Later, three individuals have been arrested on suspicion of inciting hatred in opposition to an ethnic group after kicking the Muslim holy e-book.

The head of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations expressed “unequivocal condemnation of the burning of the Quran by far-right extremists … as despicable and completely unacceptable,” his spokeswoman mentioned.

Miguel Moratinos known as on non secular leaders of all faiths to denounce all violence primarily based on non secular perception, spokeswoman Nihal Saad mentioned, including that “such deplorable acts perpetrated by hate-mongers … and other radical groups incite violence and tear apart the fabric of our communities” that are an affront to U.N. values and the alliance which works to strengthen inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. –AP

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