Far-Right Party Stirs Riots in Sweden

Swedish police said three people in the eastern city of Norrköping, Sweden, were wounded as demonstrators protested against plans to burn copies of the Qur’an by a far-right group.

“Police fired several warning shots. Three people appear to have been hit by ricochets and are being treated in hospital,” police said.

According to reports, four people were arrested from about 150 protesters who threw stones at officers, while cars were set alight.

In recent days, several clashes between the police and counter-protesters happened across the Scandinavian country.

On Thursday and Friday, about 12 police officers were injured in the clashes.

Iraq’s foreign ministry said it had summoned the Swedish chargé d’affaires in Baghdad on Sunday.

The foreign minister said the affair could have “serious repercussions” on “relations between Sweden and Muslims in general, both Muslim and Arab countries and Muslim communities in Europe”.

In November 2020, five other right-wing activists were arrested in Belgium for wanting to “spread hatred” by burning a Qur’an in Brussels.

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