Sweden Allows Quran Burning Protest Near Mosque on Eid al-Adha
The Swedish police have granted permission for a protest action involving the burning of the Quran on the first day of Eid al-Adha, according to Agence France-Presse.
Swedish Prime Minister Criticizes Permission to Burn Quran on Eid al-Adha
Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson stated that the police decision to allow the Quran burning protest was "legal but inappropriate," as reported by Reuters. The head of the government also mentioned that he would not speculate on the impact of this situation on the country's NATO membership bid.
In April, the Administrative Court of Stockholm deemed the police's refusal to permit a similar event near the embassies of Iraq and Turkey as unjustified. It was noted that there were insufficient grounds for the ban.
International Scandal Erupts After Quran Burning by Right-Extremist Leader in Front of Turkish Embassy
At the beginning of 2023, Rasmus Paludan, the leader of the right-extremist party "Hard Line," publicly burned the Quran in front of the Turkish embassy, triggering an international scandal.
During his speech, the politician criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and displayed a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him. In response, Ankara announced that they would not support Sweden's application to join NATO.