The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed the Kingdom’s condemnation and denunciation of what some extremists have done in Sweden, including the deliberate abuse of the Holy Qur’an, provocations, and incitement against Muslims.
The Kingdom stressed the importance of concerted efforts to spread the values of dialogue, tolerance, and coexistence, rejecting hatred, extremism, and exclusion, and preventing abuse of all religions and sanctities.
Clashes erupted for a fourth day in several Swedish cities, sparked by what appears to be the burning of copies of the Koran by a far-right anti-immigration group.
Three people were injured in the eastern city of Norrköping on Sunday when police fired warning shots at rioters, local media said.
Several cars were set on fire and at least 17 people were arrested.
On Saturday, cars, including a bus, were set on fire in the southern city of Malmö during a far-right rally.
At least 16 police officers were reported injured and several police cars destroyed in disturbances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at places where members of the far-right group gathered, including in the Stockholm suburbs and the cities of Linköping and Norrköping.
Anger at the far-right group’s actions – which included burning a copy of the Koran on Thursday, and planning to do so again at other rallies – has also spread beyond Sweden’s borders.
Protests against the Ström Koch movement’s plans to burn the Koran have turned violent in Sweden before. In 2020, cars were set on fire by protesters, and shop windows were damaged in clashes in Malmö.