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Sweden is considering law change to stop public Quran burning - Aftonbladet

July 7, 2023 at 5:40 pm

People stage a protest against the burning of the Quran in front of Swedish Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden on January 24, 2023 [Narciso Contreras/Anadolu Agency]

The Swedish government is examining whether it could change the law to stop people setting the Quran on fire in public, as recent burnings of the Muslim Holy Book have damaged Sweden’s security, Justice Minister, Gunnar Strommer, told Aftonbladet paper on Thursday.

An Iraqi immigrant to Sweden burned the Quran outside a Stockholm mosque last week, causing outrage in the Muslim world and condemnation from the Pope. The Swedish Security services said such action left the country less safe.

The police denied several applications earlier this year for protests that were set to include burning the Quran, citing security concerns, but courts have since overturned the police decisions, saying such acts are protected by Sweden’s far-reaching freedom of speech laws.

Sweden’s Minister of Justice said, on Thursday, that the government is analysing the situation and whether the law needs to be changed to allow the police to deny such requests.

“We have to ask ourselves whether the current order is good or whether there is reason to reconsider it,” Strommer told Aftonbladet.

He added that Sweden had become a “prioritised target” for attacks.

“We can see that the Quran burning last week has generated threats to our internal security,” he said.

The incident has also damaged Sweden’s bid to join NATO, with Turkiye’s President Tayyip Erdogan saying his country cannot ratify Sweden’s application before Quran burnings are stopped.

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