Several arrests after new Koran burned

Several arrests after new Koran burned

Swedish police arrested more than ten people this Sunday after scenes of violence in Malmö following a rally during which a copy of the Koran was once again burned.

According to public television channel SVT, around 200 people came to watch the scene.

“Spectators showed their emotion after the organizer burned the writings,” the police said in a statement.

“The atmosphere was stormy,” continued the police, specifying that “violent riots” broke out at 1:45 p.m. According to police, the gathering ended after the organizer left, but a group of people remained behind.

A Koran burned in July

At the end of July, Salwan Momika, 37, and another man, Salwan Naja, trampled on a copy of the Koran in Stockholm before setting it on fire, as they had done during previous rallies which had caused diplomatic tensions between Sweden and countries in the Middle East.

The Swedish government condemned the desecrations of the Quran while emphasizing that Sweden’s Constitution protects the right to assembly and freedom of expression.

Iraqi protesters attacked the Swedish embassy in Baghdad twice in July, starting a fire inside the diplomatic mission in the second assault.

Neighboring Denmark, where public desecration of the Koran has also taken place, announced that it was considering banning the burning of the Muslim holy book. Sweden is considering legal ways to do this too.

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