NOTE: This post has been updated. Scroll to the bottom for additions to the original article.
In case anyone had any doubts, today’s events in the Swedish city of Linköping have clearly demonstrated who it is that rules in Sweden. Hint: It ain’t the Swedes.
Long-time readers will remember Rasmus Paludan, the founder and leader of the Danish party Stram Kurs (Hard Line). Mr. Paludan is notorious for upsetting Muslims with Koran burnings and other provocative actions in both Denmark and Sweden. He had arranged to burn a Koran in Linköping today, but unfortunately was prevented from doing so by mostly peaceful protesters of the Islamic persuasion.
Many thanks to LN for translating this article from Fria Tider:
Muslim riot in Linköping
April 14, 2022
A violent riot has broken out in Linköping in connection with a Koran burning organised by the Danish Islam critic Rasmus Paludan. Stones were thrown at police officers, police cars were smashed and set on fire, and the police have been forced to retreat.
Paludan had received permission for a public gathering in the form of a Koran burning at 3:30pm on Thursday, in the Skäggetorp district of Linköping.
Fifteen minutes before the Koran burning was due to begin, the police reported “individuals at the scene wearing masks and throwing stones at the police.”
At 3:34pm, the police announced that the situation had degenerated into what they describe as a violent riot.
Footage from the scene shows men standing on the roofs of police cars shouting “Allahu Akhbar”, “Abo” and the like.
Police cars were damaged, including one destroyed in a fire, but there are no reports of injuries so far.
“I didn’t see a single whole police car. There are queues at every intersection nearby,” a witness told Aftonbladet.
“Don’t want to confront”
At 3:56pm, the police were forced to regroup and withdraw from the centre of Skäggetorp.
“We do not want to confront and get into violent situations,” says Åsa Willsund, police spokesperson, to Expressen.
At 4:52pm, the situation was “still frozen”, according to the police, and the authorized gathering had not yet been able to start.
It is currently difficult to get into the centre of Skäggetorp by car. The police have considerable resources in place.
Update: Additional news was appended to the article early this evening:
Spread to Norrköping
In Norrköping, too, there are alarms about a number of fires in various places. The plan was for Paludan to hold a rally there at 6.30pm. Rockets are being fired at cars and stones thrown at the rescue services. One person has been arrested for rioting.
“Masked persons are moving around the scene,” the police write in their incident report.
Norrköpings Tidningar’s reporter on the scene notes that the situation is “getting completely out of hand.” According to the newspaper, hundreds of people are already taking part in the riots in Norrköping.
“There’s a long night ahead of us,” says police spokesperson Åsa Willsund to Corren.
Minister of Justice Morgan Johansson condemns both the riots and Rasmus Paludan on Twitter:
“Regardless of what you think about the right-wing extremist hate message that Paludan stands for, it is unacceptable to react with this serious violence. It is good that the police acted decisively to deal with the perpetrators and maintain order. I hope that the injured police officers will recover quickly”, writes Morgan Johansson, and continues:
“Those behind the violent riots are not representative of the people living in the area. The vast majority of people living in the affected areas just want peace and quiet and to live their lives. As for the right-wing provocateur, this is exactly the kind of reaction he wants to see. The aim is to turn people against each other. I call on all good forces to remain calm and not to be provoked. The government is monitoring events as they unfold.”