2 Men Burn Quran Outside Parliament, Adding to Diplomatic Strain : Sweden
Sweden has already seen its diplomatic relations with several Middle Eastern nations strained over previous protests involving Quran desecrations.
Swedish police have previously stressed they only grant permits for people to hold public gatherings and not for the activities conducted during the events.
Both previous protests have led to widespread outrage and condemnations.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose support is crucial for Sweden’s candidacy to join the NATO defence alliance, has expressed deep anger at the Quran burnings.
Swedish police granted a permit for the protest by campaigners hoping to see the Quran banned in the country, according to local media.
I will burn it many times, until you ban it," organiser Salwan Najem told Expressen newspaper.
The duo also staged a similar protest outside Iraq’s embassy in Stockholm on July 20, where they stomped on the religious text but did not burn it.
Salwan Momika and Salwan Najem kicked and stomped on the Muslim holy book, then set its pages on fire before slamming it shut, as they had done at a protest outside Stockholm’s main mosque in late June sparking outrage and condemnation across the Middle East.
The 2 men set the Quran alight outside parliament in Stockholm on Monday a protest similar to previous ones that have sparked tensions between Sweden and Middle Eastern countries.