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Demonstrations erupt against new mosque in Sweden

Mosque opponents claim the construction will ruin a nearby park and that the area is not suitable

Demonstrations erupt against new mosque in Sweden
Left wing activists sit on the ground as they got arrested by Swedish police during a demonstration in support of the new Gothenburg mosque at Keillers Park in the city on May 21, 2011. Two separate left-wing marches in favour of the Islamic place of worship drew around 700 people, according to police, although organisers insisted the counter demonstrations attracted some 2,000-2,500 people (AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrations erupt against new mosque in Sweden
Members of the right-wing hold Swedish flags as they gather to demonstrate against a new mosque at Keillers Park in Gothenburg, southwest Sweden, on May 21, 2011. Mosque opponents claim the construction will ruin a nearby park and that the area is not suitable, while supporters say the opposition is racist, according to media reports (AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrations erupt against new mosque in Sweden
Around 100 people, many waving Swedish flags and wearing T-shirts with a red line drawn through a picture of the mosque, joined the right-wing demonstration against the building, which is set to be inaugurated next month, police said (AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrations erupt against new mosque in Sweden
Swedish police gather at the end of a demonstration against and for the new Gothenburg mosque at Keillers Park in the city on May 21, 2011. Protesters for and against a new mosque in Gothenburg in southwest Sweden flocked to the building Saturday, prompting the city's biggest police deployment in a decade to avoid clashes (AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrations erupt against new mosque in Sweden
Right wing protesters demonstrate behind a giant Swedish flag against the new Gothenburg mosque at Keillers Park in the city on May 21, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrations erupt against new mosque in Sweden
The mosque is built by the Swedish Muslim Foundation (AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrations erupt against new mosque in Sweden
Left wing supporters stand on a hill at Keillers Park as right wing anti-mosque protesters prepare for a demonstration in Gothenburg on May 21, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrations erupt against new mosque in Sweden
People walk by police cars blocking the entrance to a street that leads to the new mosque build in Gothenburg on May 21, 2011. The mosque is due to be completed in mid-June (AFP/Getty Images)