Swedish PM Opens Up About Al-Quran Burning Incident

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson opened her voice after far-right politician, Rasmus Paludan, burned the Koran on Thursday (14/4).

“In Sweden people can express their opinion, good or bad taste, that’s part of our democracy. No matter what you think, you can’t use violence,” Anders was quoted as saying by AFP on Saturday (16/4) .

According to him, Paludan’s action was aimed at inciting riots and fighting each other.

“We will never accept it. This is the kind of violent reaction he (Paludan) wants to see. The goal is to incite people against each other,” he said.

Two days ago, a hardline anti-Muslim group in Sweden led by Rasmus Paludan burned the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

To oppose the action, hundreds in the Swedish Municipalities of Linkoping and Norkoping. They clashed with the police. The demo ended in chaos.

According to a video circulating on social media, a car can be seen on fire and dozens of masked people smashing the windows of a police car while shouting, “Allahu Akbar”.

As a result of this chaos, several police officers were rushed to the hospital.

The next day, Friday (15/5) the masses clashed again with the Swedish police. As a result of this riot, nine members of the security forces were injured.

Another Swedish police spokeswoman, Diana Qudhaib, said the injured member suffered a broken arm and was hit by a rock. One resident was also hit by a stone in the head.

Paludan has been in the spotlight for several years because of his actions which are considered to have broken unity. In November 2020, he was arrested in France and deported.

Shortly after, five other activists were arrested in Belgium accused of spreading hatred by burning Korans in Brussels.