Anti-Muslim act spurs violent protest
COPENHAGEN – After an anti-Muslim provocateur publicly desecrated the Quran in Copenhagen, demonstrations against him Sunday and early Monday descended into violent clashes between protesters, who set about 70 fires in the streets, and police, who made 23 arrests.
The unrest in the Norrebro district of the Danish capital began Sunday after Rasmus Paludan, the founder of a tiny far-right party, tossed a book he claimed was the Quran into the air and let it fall to the ground.
Protesters shouted at Paludan on Sunday, pressing against the lines of police officers who were protecting him. Violence then broke out and spread into surrounding streets.