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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Sweden Police Grant Permit For Koran Burning Protest Outside Mosque


 

Police in Sweden have given permission for protesters to burn a Quran outside Stockholm’s Grand Mosque in a move that risks denting the Nordic nation’s Nato aspirations.


Wednesday’s demonstration coincides with the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday and is likely to draw the ire of Turkey, which has blocked Sweden’s ascension to the transatlantic security alliance over alleged security concerns.


Police said only two people were expected to take part in the protest, including the organiser, Salwan Momika, but have reportedly called in reinforcements from across the country in anticipation of potential disorder.


The request for the Wednesday demonstration was made by the same private individual who had his previous request blocked.


"I want to protest in front of the large mosque in Stockholm, and I want to express my opinion about the Koran... I will tear up the Koran and burn it," Salwan Momika, 37, wrote in the application, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.

Police said Wednesday they had called in reinforcements from across the country to maintain order.

Swedish politicians have criticised Koran burnings, but have also adamantly defended the right to freedom of expression.


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