Selin ATAY-TDO- Tensions in the Norwegian capital reached a crucial stage when an anti-Islam protester ripped pages from the Quran. Police used tear gas to keep rival groups separated and almost 30 people got arrested.
Clashes broke out at an anti-Islam rally in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, inciting authorities to end the event early.
The group Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN) organized the rally organized near the parliament building. In response to SIAN, hundreds of counter-protesters gathered, banging drums and saying "No racists in our streets.”
The circumstance reached a critical point when a female member of SIAN ripped pages from the Quran and spat on them. "Look, now I will desecrate the Quran," the woman told counter-protesters.
Clashes then erupted, with counter-protesters throwing eggs at members of SIAN and attempting to jump police barricades.
Some of the counter-protesters also started kicking a police van and jumping on the hood of the vehicle.
Authorities utilized pepper spray and tear gas to keep the adversary groups apart, eventually finishing the SIAN rally early.
The protest in Norway comes right after the similar event in the Swedish city of Malmo on Friday, where protesters conflicted with police after right-wing extremists set fire a duplicated of the Quran.