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    Swedes Take to Streets to Demand End to Mosque Attacks

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    Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Stockholm, Malmoe and Gothenburg to demand an end to attacks on mosques after the third such incident.

    MOSCOW, January 2 (Sputnik) – Over 1,000 people took part in demonstrations held in Stockholm, Malmoe and Gothenburg in response to a series of attacks on mosques, Agence France-Presse reports.

    "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 the agency in 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," he added.

    On New Year’s Day, a mosque was attacked in Sweden’s fourth largest city of Uppsala. It was the third arson incident occurring in the country in the past week.

    On December 29, a mosque was damaged by fire in the southern Swedish town of Eslov, located north of Malmo. No one was injured in the suspected arson attack.

    On Christmas Day, an arsonist attacked a mosque in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna, injuring five people.

    After the incident in Eskilstuna, authorities urged Swedes to reject xenophobia and protect religious freedom.

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