Sweden protestors demand end to mosque arson attacks

Sweden protestors demand end to mosque arson attacks
# 02 January 2015 22:09 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. More than a thousand protesters took to the streets in Sweden on Friday to urge an end to a spate of attacks against mosques, amid growing tensions over the rise of an anti-immigration party, APA reports quoting AFP.

The demonstrations in Sweden's three largest cities, Stockholm, Malmoe and Gothenburg, came a day after what was believed to be the third arson attack on a mosque in the space of a week.

"We want to send the message that these attacks on mosques... are a problem for all of society and not just Muslims," Mohammed Kharraki a spokesman for Sweden's Islamic Association told AFP from the largest demonstration in the capital Stockholm.

"This is about people being denied their basic rights.... Everyone needs to ask themselves, politicians and citizens if this is the kind of society they want."

Eyewitnesses saw a man throwing a petrol bomb at a mosque in Uppsala in eastern Sweden early on New Year's day, three days after a late-night blaze at a mosque in Esloev in the south, which police suspect was also arson.

The slogan "Go home Muslim shit" was also emblazoned across the doors of the building.

On Christmas Day, five people were injured in another suspected arson attack on a mosque in Eskilstuna, west of the capital Stockholm.

Swedish police said that they were stepping up security around mosques and continuing to search for the culprits.

"We are working flat out with the investigation but we have no leads to report yet," police spokeswoman Lisa Sannervik in Uppsala told AFP.