Far-right politician wants to hold election rallies in Uppsala, Stockholm

Paludan is now back for more after announcing that he intends to organise new election rallies in Uppsala and Stockholm on 1 May. [Shutterstock/Zakariaa El Mikdam]

Danish-Swedish far-right politician Rasmus Paludan wants to hold election rallies in Uppsala and Stockholm on 1 May despite the violence his rallies caused over the Easter weekend, press agency TT has reported.

Paludan attracted worldwide attention after he attempted to organise a rally where he and his supporters would burn Qurans, prompting massive protests and violent riots in several Swedish cities over the Easter weekend.

Paludan is now back for more after announcing that he intends to organise new election rallies in Uppsala and Stockholm on 1 May.

His party, Stram Kurs, is registered to participate in the autumn Swedish general elections. The party is credited with close to 0% of voting intention in Denmark, Paludan’s birth country.

This time, Paludan vowed to “bring a megaphone, lighters and books,” using the same provocative rhetoric that caused so much unrest on Easter day. According to Swedish laws, he has the right to organise his rallies and burn religious books as it is considered an expression of freedom of speech.

Paludan has appealed the police’s decision to deny him permission to hold an election rally in Borås on Friday (29 April), SVT Nyheter Väst reported on Monday.

“Rasmus Paludan’s rhetoric is about creating disorder and chaos,” said Emelie Kullmyr, head of the command in police region West, in a press release, referring to the Easter unrests that took place in Norrköping, Linköping, Malmö, Örebro and Rinkeby, among other places.

The unrest led to heated discussions in Sweden, where right-wing opposition parties have criticised the government’s response.

Among the right-wing leaders to comment on the riots, Christian Democrat leader Ebba Busch Thor asked why the police did not use live ammunition on the rioters, and far-right Democrats of Sweden, Jimmie Åkesson, proposed to withdraw residence permits for families of serious criminals.

The Social Democrat government disavowed both.

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