Protests erupted in the southern Swedish city of Malmo over the weekend where far-right activists had burned a copy of the Quran on Friday.
Police spokesman Rosengard, a largely migrant Malmo neighborhood, Rickard Lundqvist, said that around 300 people had staged a protest by burning tyres against by the far-right rally that was held last week.
Police tried to quell the demonstration which turned violent as the protestors pelted stones at the officers which brutally injured several police officers. 10 protestors were apprehended by the Rosengard police department who were later released.
Last week, Swedish authorities had stopped Rasmus Paludan, the chief of the far-right Danish anti-immigration Hard Line party, at the border and banned him from entering Sweden for 2 years.
Rasmus Paludan was expected to lead the far-right protest on Friday in which activists desecrated the Quran.
Notwithstanding Paludan’s repatriation, far-right activists went ahead with their rally.
Rosengard police department had also made 6 arrests at the far-right rally for inciting racial hatred.
In another far-right rally held in Norway, a protestor ripped out pages of the Quran before spitting on them.
Muslim countries around the world have unequivocally denounced both incidents which show the rampant Islamophobia across Europe.
The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, has also condemned the incidents of desecration of the Quran in Sweden and Norway.
Zahid Hafeez added that the world must take cognizance that respecting the religious beliefs of others is a collective responsibility. Without this, achieving sustainable global peace and prosperity would remain an elusive dream.
The rise of such Islamophobic occurrences goes against the spirit of any religion. Freedom of speech can’t justify religious hatred. 1/2
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