Saudi condemns ‘abuse of Holy Qur’an’ in Sweden

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has condemned the “deliberate” abuse of the Holy Qur’an, as well as provocations and incitement against Muslims by some extremists in Sweden…reports Asian Lite News

In a statement, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed the importance of concerted efforts to spread the values of dialogue, tolerance, and coexistence.

The statement also emphasised renouncing hatred, extremism, and exclusion, the Arab News reported.

The Kingdom highlighted the efforts to prevent abuse of all religions and holy sites, the statement said.

Three people in the Swedish city of Norrkoping needed medical attention after being hit by police bullets during clashes between police and protesters following Qur’an burnings that caused riots in several Swedish towns over the Easter weekend.

In some places counter-protesters attacked police ahead of planned right-wing extremist demonstrations. Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has condemned the violence.

In a statement, the Swedish police has confirmed that “three people seem to have been hit by ricochets and are now being cared for in hospital. All three injured are arrested on suspicion of crime.”

However, none of the injuries were life-threatening, according to reports.

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Police said the situation in Norrkoping was calm on Sunday evening.

Police and protesters have been engaged in serious clashes during the past days, resulting in several police suffering injuries and multiple vehicles torched.

The violence began on Thursday after a demonstration organized by Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish far-right political party Hard Line.