As reported over the weekend (see links to previous posts at the bottom of this one), the Danish politician Rasmus Paludan has been on a Koran-burning tour of Sweden. Mr. Paludan has Swedish citizenship as well as Danish, and has founded a Swedish branch of the Stram Kurs (“Hard Line”) party. His Koran-burning events were part of his campaign for this year’s parliamentary elections.
The esteemed culture-enrichers of Sweden’s banlieues became somewhat peeved with Mr. Paludan’s planned events. The high-spirited youngsters took to the streets in advance of his appearances, throwing rocks and bottles at police and attacking and burning police vehicles. In the culturally enriched district of Rosengård in Malmö they even torched a municipal transit bus.
Their efforts paid off: Rasmus Paludan was prevented from appearing in most of the planned locations, and was able to burn only two Korans.
Below is an interview with Rasmus Paludan. Many thanks to LN for translating this article from Samhällsnytt:
Interview: Paludan to Wake Up Swedes — “It’s Not Childish — It’s Serious”
April 17, 2022
After the Easter weekend’s violent Koran riots, Samnytt spoke to the Danish-Swedish politician Rasmus Paludan. Paludan gives his views on the week, the conduct of the police, the government’s attack on him, and what he wants to achieve with his Koran-burnings.
On Maundy Thursday, Rasmus Paludan began his election tour for his newly formed party Stram Kurs Sweden. The politician, who is known for Islam-critical demonstrations and Koran-burnings in both Denmark and Sweden, now has his sights set on the Swedish parliamentary elections this autumn.
Before the Easter weekend, the police authority had given Paludan the go-ahead to hold rallies in Jönköping, Linköping, Norrköping, Stockholm, Örebro and Landskrona.
Before Paludan even arrived in the immigrant-dense area of Skäggetorp in Linköping, masked gangs had begun rioting, and the leadership of the police in Östergötland took the decision to flee the scene as their presence was alleged to cause further violence. But the police tactics have not helped, and since then war-like scenes have unfolded in several places, resulting in both injured police officers and burnt police cars.
In Örebro and Landskrona, with only an hour to go, police decided to change the location of the demonstration to keep violent counter-demonstrators away.
How do you feel about the police changing your demonstration locations at the last minute?
It’s not legal. It is a constitutional violation, because this is not only a public gathering but also part of the parliamentary elections. Other parties are allowed to hold rallies wherever they want, and so should I. It is sabotage because voters should be able to come and listen.
I will complain; the police must understand that it is their duty to protect a public gathering where it is and where it should be. You can’t just move it to get away from people who are trying to destroy it. Then we don’t have freedom of assembly in Sweden. To move it so shortly before is to surrender: “We policemen can’t do our duty to protect it, so we have to move it to the forest.”
How do you think the police should work instead?
If they don’t have enough people, then it’s tear gas. If they have enough people then it’s run forward, crack down and arrest.
You were never allowed to hold your meetings in Linköping, Norrköping and Örebro because of the violence. What are you going to do about it?
I have already announced on Thursday that I will come to Linköping at 12 noon and to Norrköping at 3pm tomorrow. That is my intention, but the eastern police region says they can only process my application on Tuesday and I have replied that they can p*** in the ocean. The police have not protected my appointments that had been approved, so I will not reapply.
[Minister of Justice] Morgan Johansson (S) calls you “a thug” on TV4, and he says you are out to do harm and incite violence “as right-wing extremists always do.” How do you see it?
A thug is a person who is violent and I am not, so it is untrue and defamatory. I think you should be careful how you talk about other politicians who are running for parliament. You should be careful about slandering.
I am not a right-wing extremist and never have been. An extremist is a person who advocates threats and violence, and I have never done that. I am a libertarian patriot. Morgan Johansson is more of a right-wing extremist than I am because he likes to arrange affairs so that only certain people can speak out. He wants only people who think like him to be allowed to speak. That people engage in violence because they become angry about what I think — that can hardly be my fault.
In the media, you are painted as responsible for the violence of recent days.
The mainstream media, the lying media of Sweden, have tried to obfuscate the picture with untruths and manipulation that I am the one who created the riots. This is absurd, because I was not even present in Linköping, Norrköping, Örebro or Landskrona. I have talked about my party’s policy and that is hardly something that can be described as thuggery. It is the rioters who are in trouble.
The police have commented on the chaos of recent days by saying that they have never seen anything like it before. How do you think the public at large perceives the chaos of the last few days?
I would be very happy if Swedes were to understand that there are hundreds of thousands of people living with a view of freedom of assembly and democracy that is completely different from what Swedes think. These hundreds of thousands of people will never, ever accept freedom of speech, democracy and assembly.
We have also asked followers on social media what they would like to ask you. Here are some common questions. What’s in it for you to burn the Koran?
Hopefully I will be successful in inducing the Swedish people to wake up and understand that there are some who would like to murder and use violence if you do or say something that they do not like. Maybe we should be a little careful about who we allow into Sweden if there are so many who think someone should die because that person has a different opinion.
Some write that you are a fool and childish. That it is silly to burn the Koran as it is not about freedom of speech, but rather provocation.
I don’t think there is anything childish or silly about doing a perfectly deliberate political act that has a clear political purpose. To show how many people are reacting illegally to a legal act. It is not childish but very adult and serious.
If you don’t understand how serious it is that there are hundreds of thousands of people in Sweden who don’t want to accept the right to burn a Koran, then you have to do something. “Childish” would only be accurate if I did it to make people angry but that’s not at all what it’s about. I intend to show that there are people who don’t want Sweden.
What would the reactions have been if you had burned the Bible or the Torah in Sweden instead?
I am 100 percent sure that if I burned 100 Bibles and 100 Torahs, no Christian or Jew would threaten or attack me.
Why do you do the burnings in Sweden and not in Denmark?
It’s because it’s election time in Sweden and we want to get votes in the parliamentary elections.
What do you think Sweden will look like in five years?
It will not be possible to burn a Koran at a public gathering.
You will be killed.
Previous posts about Rasmus Paludan and the burning of the Koran:
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|15||Mostly Peaceful Muslims Riot in Norrköping|
|16||Who Rules in Sweden?