Violent Swedish protests after politician blocked from Quran-burning

Protesters in Swedish town of Malmo turned violent, setting cars on fire, attacking police with stones on Friday night. Several police officers were injured.

Between 10 and 20 protesters were arrested late Friday and “have all been released,” police spokesman Patric Fors told AFP.

According to local media outlets, Rasmus Paludan, who leads the far-right Danish anti-immigration party Hard Line, was due to travel to Malmo to speak at Friday’s event.

But authorities pre-empted Paludan’s arrival by announcing he had been banned from entering Sweden for two years. He was later arrested near Malmo.

Paludan last year attracted media attention for burning a Quran wrapped in bacon.

His supporters nevertheless went ahead with the rally, during which six people were arrested for inciting racial hatred.

A video published in the media also shows several people kicking a Quran, but it remains unclear if the book was the same as the one burned earlier in the day.

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