“violent riots” in Malmö to protest the burning of the Quran

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Swedish police reported on Monday that “violent riots” had occurred in the city of Malmö, which began on Sunday and continued throughout the night, in protest against the burning of the Holy Quran again.

The Associated Press said: “Clashes broke out in an immigrant neighborhood in Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden, after an anti-Muslim demonstrator set fire to the Holy Quran.”

The agency quoted the city police as saying, “It was pelted with stones and dozens of cars were set on fire, including an underground garage.”

Police described the events that began on Sunday and continued throughout the night as “violent riots,” and said they arrested at least three people.

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The clashes began on Sunday after Iraqi refugee Silwan Mumika, residing in the capital, Stockholm, repeatedly burned a copy of the Quran while an angry crowd tried to prevent him.

Early Monday, angry youths set fire to tires and debris and some were seen throwing electric bicycles, bicycles and barriers in the Rosengård neighborhood of Malmö, while banners were raised condemning the burning of the Quran.

On Sunday, Malmo police arrested 15 people who were trying to prevent Mumika from burning a copy of the Holy Quran in an activity organized by anti-Islam activists in the Värnhemstorget area in Malmö, in the far south of the country, which is home to a dense Muslim population.

Recently, incidents of abuse of the Quran by right-wing extremists in front of the embassies of Islamic countries have been repeated in Sweden and Denmark, sparking angry Arab and Islamic reactions, both officially and popularly, in addition to official summons of the two countries’ diplomats in more than one Arab country.