At least 40 people were detained during violent clashes in Sweden between police and protestors furious over the burning of the Quran by a far-right organization.
Sweden known as one of the most peace-loving countries is also not untouched by Islamophobia. According to media sources, Rasmus Paludan, the Danish leader of the far-right Stram Kurs (Hard Line) Party, set fire to a copy of the Holy Quran in southern Sweden on Thursday.
He claims to have already burnt a copy of Islam’s sacred book Quran and intends to do it again.
At least 40 people were detained during violent clashes in Swedish cities between police and individuals furious over burring of the Quran by a far-right organization.
Officers fired warning bullets at rioters in Norrkoping on Sunday, injuring three persons, according to police.
Muslims regard the Quran as God’s precious word from Allah, and any intentional damage or showing disrespect for it is considered profoundly offensive.
Saudi Arabia Denounces ‘Deliberate Abuse’
Saudi Arabia has denounced “deliberate abuse of the holy Quran by some extremists in Sweden, and provocation and incitement against Muslims,” the BBC reported.
The kingdom in a statement said, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s condemnation of the deliberate abuse of the Holy Quran, provocations and incitement against Muslims by some extremists in Sweden,” as reported by Alarabia news.
Sweden’s national police chief, Anders Thornberg, claimed that he had never seen such violent rioting on the country’s streets following Sunday’s clashes in Norrkoping, some 160 kilometers southwest of Stockholm, and neighboring Linkoping.
On Friday, disturbances erupted in the two cities, as well as in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby and the western city of Orebro. On Saturday, a brawl broke out in Malmo, Sweden’s southernmost city.
At a press conference on Monday, authorities said that the violence had injured 26 police officers and 14 members of the public and that more than 20 cars had been damaged or destroyed.
They estimated that 200 persons were involved in the violence, which they said was orchestrated by criminal gang networks.
Iraq summoned Sweden’s diplomats Over the Quran Burning
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry stated in a statement that it has raised a complaint with the Swedish ambassador against the burning of the Muslim holy book.
According to the ministry, the incident “has terrible repercussions for Sweden’s ties with all Muslims.”
Iran also condemns the burning of Quran
In the absence of Sweden’s ambassador in Tehran, the charge d’affaires was called by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s third Western Europe Bureau expressed Iran’s strong condemnation of the barbaric conduct, which he said occurred under the guise of freedom of speech and with the backing of the Swedish police.