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Newsline: Sweden sees foreign countries playing role in recent riots

Sweden’s government suspects that actors from abroad incited violent riots in several Swedish cities last week. The Foreign Ministry in Stockholm posted a Twitter thread devoted to what it termed “a disinformation campaign.” Crowds threw rocks and burned cars and trash cans after a Danish far-right provocateur announced plans to hold meetings in Sweden. Rasmus Paludan has burned copies of the Quran at events in Denmark where he also bashes Islam, and the news he wanted to do the same in Sweden sparked anger. Paludan, who holds dual Danish-Swedish citizenship, “seems for some reason to hate Sweden and try to harm Sweden. I do not understand why” Justice Minister Morgan Johansson said. In an interview with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet published Wednesday, Johansson referred to online claims that surfaced earlier this year about Swedish social service agencies allegedly kidnapping Muslim children. “There are many signs that they have been running here as well, campaigning and supporting this in various ways,” the minister said. “We see how the image of Sweden is set by some of these actors in the Middle East,” Aftonbladet quoted Johansson as saying. “It is also addressed by a couple of governments, in Iraq and in Iran.” (https://news.yahoo.com/sweden-sees-foreign-countries-playing-133813719.html) After word of Paludan’s planned stunt reached Iran and the United Arab Emirates, the governments in Tehran and Dubai summoned Swedish diplomats to protest.

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