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Burning of the Koran in Sweden

| 18.4.22 |
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Burning of the Koran in Sweden

 On Monday, Swedish police announced that 26 of its members and 14 civilians were injured in recent days during clashes with demonstrators who had gathered against a far-right extremist movement called (Straam Corse) which used to burn copies of the Koran. . "In some cases this amounted to attempted murder, and in all cases there was a serious attack on law enforcement authorities," Swedish Police Chief Anders Thurnberg told a news conference. Police said in a statement that eight people were arrested in the town of Norrkoping and 18 in the neighboring city of Linkoping. Jonas Heising, the Swedish Police Chief, confirmed that 26 police officers were injured, 20 security cars were damaged, and 14 civilians were injured. 

The demonstration took place in protest against far-right activist Rasmus Paludan, who intended to run for Sweden's legislative elections next September, but has not yet managed to gather the necessary signatures, and is currently on a tour to visit neighborhoods populated by a high percentage of Muslims to burn a copy of the Koran. And last Thursday, Baludan burned the Koran in the city of Linkoping under police protection. Baludan burned the Koran after he and police came to a Muslim area of   the city, ignoring condemnation from about 200 people. 

Those present at the scene asked the police not to allow the racist Baldwan to provoke him, but the police did not respond to their calls. "Criminal elements are taking advantage of the situation to commit violence," and this "has nothing to do with demonstrations," calling for more capabilities for the security forces. In Malmö, where Rasmus Paludan burned the Koran on Saturday, the night from Sunday to Monday saw riots, the second in a row, with a fire at a school. The rally organized by the anti-immigration and anti-Islam movement (Straamcourse) - during which copies of the Koran were burned - sparked condemnation across the Arab and Islamic world. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said that it strongly condemns the attacks and provocations against Islam, Muslims, the Koran and places of worship in different parts of the world during the holy month of Ramadan. 

And he added in a statement that "the recent heinous attack on the Noble Qur'an in Sweden shows that the world has not learned from history, and is still reluctant to limit provocative racist and anti-Islamic acts." And he added, "The world continues to openly ignore hate crimes under the pretext that they were committed under the guise of freedom of expression." He stressed that "Turkey will continue to combat the threat posed by this anti-Islam and racist mentality."
The ministry called on all countries and international organizations to take necessary measures against anti-Islam and racism. He added that he was waiting for effective and preventive measures to be taken swiftly to deal with this threat, and to bring those responsible to justice. 

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its condemnation and condemnation of the "willful misuse of the Qur'an, provocation and incitement against Muslims." The state of Qatar strongly condemns the burning of the Koran in Sweden, considering "this heinous incident constitutes an act of incitement and a serious provocation to the feelings of more than two billion Muslims in the world." Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its total rejection of "all forms of hate speech based on belief, race or religion," warning of the dangers of this "populist incitement speech." 

Egypt's Minister of Endowments Muhammad Mukhtar Gomaa said that burning the Koran was “a despicable racism that hurts the feelings of all Muslims, fuels feelings of hatred and danger calls for coexistence and human and global peace,” calling for “criminalizing insults to religion. ." The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which summoned the Charge d'Affaires at the Swedish Embassy,   deemed the extremist movement's actions a "provocation against the feelings of Muslims and a highly sensitive violation of their sanctity."
In turn, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh called on Swedish authorities to "respond firmly and frankly to the burning of copies of the Koran." 

He stated that "this outrageous act is a clear example of hatred, goes against freedom of expression, and should be condemned by all believers who believe in peaceful coexistence and interfaith dialogue." In turn, Bahrain, Kuwait and Jordan announced their positions condemning the practice of extreme right-wing movements. The Muslim World League condemned the "absurd and outrageous acts committed by some extremists in Sweden by insulting copies of the Koran and inciting against Muslims." 

And he warned against "the danger of inciting hatred and provoking religious sentiments, which inflame feelings of hostility and division in society and offend their values   of freedom and human meaning, and serve only the agenda of extremism and counter-extremism." Rasmus Paludan, who publishes his footage on YouTube, has sparked controversy several times in recent years. In 2019, he burned a Quran wrapped in bacon, and Facebook blocked his account for a month after posting an image linking immigration to crime. Rasmus Palaudan was arrested in France in November 2020 before being extradited.

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