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Police officers injured during an anti-far-right protest in Örebro, central Sweden

Protesters denouncing the intention of a far-right group to burn a Koran in Örebro, central Sweden, attacked police on Friday, injuring at least nine members of the security forces according to authorities.

Police said a member of the public was also injured after being hit in the head by a rock, and some officers had broken arms and were hit by rocks.

The protest, which local media said was attended by around 200 people, was dispersed early Friday evening.

It is the second day in a row that unrest has erupted on the sidelines of a rally by the anti-immigration and anti-Islam movement led by Danish-Swedish citizen Rasmus Paludan, who is currently touring Sweden and targeting neighborhoods with high Muslim community.

At each rally, which is usually attended by only a few sympathizers, he tries to burn a Koran.

In Örebro, his demonstration was held in a park near the city center and not in the neighborhood initially planned.

Thursday, disturbances broke out at the end of the afternoon in Linköping, causing three injuries among the police.

The Swedish Prime Minister condemned the violence and the attacks on the police.

“In Sweden people are allowed to express their opinions, whether it’s in good or bad taste, it’s part of our democracy. No matter what you think, you should never resort to violence. We don’t we don’t and will never accept it,” Magdalena Andersson told TT news agency.

“That’s exactly the kind of backlash he (Rasmus Paludan) wants to see. The very purpose is to incite people to oppose each other.”

Paludan has provoked other incidents on several occasions in recent years.

In November 2020, he was arrested in France and then deported. Five other activists were arrested in Belgium shortly after, accused of having wanted to “sow hatred” by burning a Koran in Brussels.

euronews Gt

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