Far-right Finnish politician rips up Quran [Muslim holy book]

", leader of Finnish People First [a small anti-immigrant party with no seats in the national parliament] tried to stoke the by publicly ripping up a copy of the Islamic holy book, Quran, and insulting the . I told the police officers that he was committing a hate crime and they should stop him. The officers did nothing," -- a member of the 's European Committee -- told reporters.

With European polls taking place in Sunday, the leader of an extreme far-right party tried to stoke the by publicly ripping up a copy of the Quran, according to a Turkish businessman.

, leader of Finnish People First -- a small anti-immigrant party with no seats in the national parliament -- took the incendiary action in the capital Helsinki, in full view of police officers, said , a member of the 's European Committee.

"I told the police officers that he was committing a hate crime and they should stop him. The officers did nothing," Yılmaz told Anadolu Agency, adding that De Wit also insulted the .

Campaigning over the past week ahead of , De Wit has occasionally ripped up the Quran, intentionally provoking Muslims, as well as the Jewish Torah.

"By , Wit is committing a hate crime, but the police don't say a word," Yılmaz said.

In April, Rasmus Paludan, the leader of Denmark's , burned the Quran in an area with a large Muslim population, as an intentional .

Right-wing and anti-immigrant parties are expected to gain ground in the European Parliament elections, set to conclude today.

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