More than 40 people were arrested after violent clashes between Swedish police and insurgents upset over Koran burning
More than 40 people have been arrested during the weekend’s violent clashes between police and outraged insurgents in several cities around Sweden after a right-wing extremist group announced plans to burn copies of the Koran.
Sweden’s national police chief, Anders Thornberg, has stated that he has never seen such violent riots after Sunday’s clashes in Norrköping, which is located 160 kilometers southwest of Sweden’s capital Stockholm.
Thornberg has claimed that the police believe that the violence was organized by a network of criminal gangs and adds that some of the people who took part in the riots were already known to the police and Sweden’s security service.
A statement from police on Monday revealed that more than 200 people were reportedly involved in the violence and that 26 police officers and 14 members of the public had been injured since riots broke out on Friday, adding that more than 20 vehicles had either been damaged or destroyed.
The violent riots could be seen in a number of Swedish cities, including Stockholm, Malmö, Norrköping and Linköping, when youth gangs clashed with the police after a right-wing extremist group was given the green light to stage a series of anti-Islam demonstrations, which included plans to burn the Koran. – the sacred religious text of Islam.
The meetings were led by the Danish-Swedish politician Rasmus Paludan, whose party “Hard Line” promotes a harsh immigrant and anti-Islamic attitude.