In the heart of Scandinavia, a night of chaos and violence unfolded as Sweden’s third-largest city, Malmo, was gripped by what police have described as a ‘violent riot.’
The spark that ignited this inferno? An anti-Islam protester setting fire to the Koran.
The incident began when Salwan Momika, an anti-Islam activist and refugee from Iraq, publicly burned a copy of the Koran. This act of defiance against Islam was not taken lightly.
An enraged mob attempted to halt Momika’s actions, but their efforts were in vain.
This event marked the latest in a series of Koran-burning incidents in both Sweden and neighboring Denmark, which have incited angry protests and threatened to cause a diplomatic crisis with Muslim nations.
Third Worlders burning cars and rioting in Rosengård, Malmö, Sweden again.
The ‘Quran riots’ in Sweden have cost taxpayers the equivalent of over $10 million.
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As darkness fell on Sunday, the city descended into chaos. Police officers found themselves under a hailstorm of rocks, while dozens of cars, including those in an underground garage, were set ablaze.
The unrest continued through the night, painting a grim picture of a city under siege.
By Monday morning, the Rosengard neighborhood of Malmo had become a battlefield. Angry crowds set fire to tires and debris, while others were seen hurling electric scooters, bicycles, and barriers.
This area is no stranger to such violence, having witnessed similar incidents in the past.
In response to the escalating situation, law enforcement detained at least three individuals. Senior police officer Petra Stenkula expressed her disappointment at the unfolding events.
“I understand that a public gathering like this arouses strong emotions, but we cannot tolerate disturbances and violent expressions like those we saw on Sunday afternoon,” she said. “It is extremely regrettable to once again see violence and vandalism at Rosengard.”
Riots in Sweden this weekend after another Quran burning.
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Momika’s actions, although controversial, have been allowed by Swedish authorities, citing freedom of speech.
Muslim leaders in Sweden have urged the government to find ways to prevent further Koran burnings. However, Sweden has no specific law prohibiting the burning or desecration of the Koran or other religious texts, having abolished blasphemy laws in 1970.
In the wake of these events, Sweden and Denmark, known for their liberal policies, have tightened border controls fearing potential revenge attacks. The Swedish security service has also raised its terror threat level from three to four, indicating a “high threat” of an attack.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the delicate balance between freedom of speech and respect for religious beliefs. As Sweden grapples with the aftermath of this violent riot, it is clear that the path to peaceful coexistence remains fraught with challenges.