Swedes protest string of shocking mosque attacks

More than a thousand demonstrators took to the streets in Sweden’s three biggest cities on Friday to protest a string of recent attacks on mosques, as the traditionally tolerant country adjusts to the rising popularity of the far right.

The rallies, which were held in Stockholm, Malmo and Goteborg, came a day after what was believed to be the third arson attack on a mosque in the space of just one week.

Sweden, where over 20 percent of the 10 million population are immigrants, has recently seen a steep rise in anti-immigrant sentiment and gains for the far right Swedish Democrats party.

Demonstrators in the capital, Stockholm, waved placards and a banner with the words “Don’t touch my mosque,” as Muslim community leaders addressed the gathering preaching tolerance.

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