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Dozens Arrested After Qur’an Book Burning Sparks Riots Across Sweden

HeadlineApr 19, 2022

In Sweden, dozens of people were arrested in protests that broke out over the weekend in response to plans by a far-right group to burn copies of the Qur’an. A series of rallies were organized by the Danish-Swedish extremist far-right politician Rasmus Paludan, who is also the founder of the white supremacist so-called Hard Line movement. Last week the group live-streamed a video on social media of Paludan burning the Qur’an in various Swedish cities, triggering counterprotests across southern Sweden. In 2020, Paludan was sentenced to three months in jail, convicted of racism and defamation.

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