Riots broke out in Sweden’s southern city of Malmo on Friday night, after a Quran was burned by far-right activists protesting the denial of entry for a Danish anti-immigration politician to hold a rally.
After the Quran-burning incident took place on Friday morning, several hundred people gathered at the spot in the evening to protest the anti-Islamic activity. Some are saying that the burning of the Quran is just a rumor.
Over 300 rioters started fires, smashed bus shelters, and destroyed billboards in the Rosengar part of the town, with 15 arrested and then later released the next day. The sight and smell of burning tires was seen across the area.
The mobs went berserk throwing stones at cops and also burned down car tyres over the “anti-Islam” activity of the right-wing group led by Rasmus Paludan, leader of a political party named Hard Line. “There is mass looting and destruction in Malmo after Muslim rioters angered by a video of someone burning a Koran take to the streets,” wrote Ian Miles Cheon, reporting on the riots.
The rally by Paludan had been banned over “safety” issues, authorities said. Last year, Paludan held a similar rally where he set fire to a Quran wrapped in bacon.
Meanwhile, the right-wing leader has reportedly been banned from Sweden. “Sent back and banned from Sweden for two years. However, rapists and murderers are always welcome!” the leader wrote on Facebook.