April 16, 2019
Violence broke out in Denmark with cars and rubbish bins set on fire yesterday after a far-right anti-Islam activist threw a copy of the Koran into the air.
Copenhagen police said 23 people had been arrested last night after officers fired tear gas in clashes with protesters.
Extremist politician Rasmus Paludan – who wants Islam banned from Denmark – had thrown the religion’s holy book into the air several times in Noerrebro, an immigrant-heavy district in the Danish capital.
Danish PM Lars Loekke Rasmussen called Paludan’s actions a ‘meaningless provocation’ and urged his countrymen to ‘meet him with arguments, not violence’.
Counter-protesters threw cobblestones at him and at the police who moved in first to protect him and then to escort him away.
The unrest spread to other parts of the city, where dustbins and bicycles were set on fire and police responded with tear gas after missiles were thrown at them.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 4:41 am