Sweden sees highest tension in a row for third day

Sweden sees highest tension in a row for third day

Sweden has had the highest tension in a row for the third day in a row. Several police vehicles were set on fire in the Sveaparken park in Orebro after a group of counter-demonstrators set fire to the area where Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish far-right Stram kurs party, had a permit to burn a Koran on Good Friday.

Local media reports that AftenPosten Paludan is on an election tour in Sweden. There were already violent clashes between police and masked counter-demonstrators in Link ping and Norrk ping on Thursday. Paludan had planned to burn Korans in both places.

On Friday he traveled to the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby, where things went smoothly at first. When Paludan set fire to a copy of the Quran, stones were thrown and eight people were arrested, according to Stockholm Police.

AftenPosten claims that officers used tear gas to try to calm the situation. Three police officers were injured and one person was stoned in the head, according to a police spokeswoman, Diana Qudhaib. Similar incidents occurred in the southern city of rebro on Friday, while similar situations were reported in Stockholm on Saturday.

A bus was set on fire and other vehicles were damaged at the site of the previously authorized rally. The bus passengers had to be evacuated from the site, while the police forces were attacked with stones and Molotov cocktails.

The burning of the Koran plan by the extremist Rasmus Paludan didn't take place, according to the newspaper Expressen, because the police broke up the meeting before it began.