Swedish police have mentioned officers wounded three individuals within the jap metropolis of Norrköping as demonstrators protested in opposition to plans by a far-right group to burn copies of the Qur’an.
“Police fired several warning shots. Three people appear to have been hit by ricochets and are currently being treated in hospital,” police mentioned in a press release.
The three who have been injured have been below arrest, police mentioned, including that their situation was not identified.
Sunday’s clashes in Norrköping have been the second there in 4 days. On the primary event, the demonstrators had protested in opposition to a rally by the anti-immigration and anti-Islam group Hard Line, led by the Danish-Swedish politician Rasmus Paludan.
On Sunday, they rallied once more in protest at one other gathering, which Paludan deserted ultimately.
Four individuals have been arrested among the many roughly 150 contributors, as protesters threw stones at officers and vehicles have been set alight, police mentioned.
According to well being companies quoted by the native information company TT, 10 individuals have been hospitalised with minor accidents following clashes in Norrköping and comparable unrest within the neighbouring city of Linköping, the place Hard Line additionally deserted an indication.
Paludan, 40, who intends to face in Swedish legislative elections in September however doesn’t but have the mandatory variety of signatures to safe his candidature, is on a “tour” of Sweden. He is visiting neighbourhoods with giant Muslim populations the place he needs to burn copies of the Qur’an.
A lawyer and YouTuber, he has beforehand been convicted of racist insults. In 2019, he burned a Qur’an wrapped in bacon and was blocked for a month by Facebook after a publish conflating immigration and crime.
On Saturday, one in every of his rallies was moved from a district of Landskrona to an remoted automotive park in southern Malmö, a big neighbouring metropolis, however a automotive tried to drive via the protecting obstacles. The driver was arrested and Paludan then burned a Qur’an.
Hard Line’s tour has sparked a number of clashes between the police and counter-protesters throughout the Scandinavian nation in current days. On Thursday and Friday, about 12 law enforcement officials have been injured within the clashes.
Following the incidents, Iraq’s overseas ministry mentioned it had summoned the Swedish chargé d’affaires in Baghdad on Sunday.
It mentioned the affair might have “serious repercussions” on “relations between Sweden and Muslims in general, both Muslim and Arab countries and Muslim communities in Europe”.
In November 2020, Paludan was arrested in France and deported. Five different activists have been arrested in Belgium shortly afterwards, accused of eager to “spread hatred” by burning a Qur’an in Brussels.