Public burning of Koran tests Sweden’s stance on freedom of expression
24 July 2022 | 4:08 pm
The run-up to Sweden’s general election this autumn has seen the leader of a right-wing extremist party tour the country, burning copies of the Koran. Rasmus Paludan's actions have caused widespread riots across the country and calls for the burning of Islam's holy book to be banned in Sweden. But former asylum seekers from the Muslim world are among the voices trying to resist any change in Sweden's freedom of expression laws.
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Sweden has allowed another Quran burning to go ahead despite previous international outcry. The action is unlikely to help Sweden's NATO bid overcome Turkish opposition.
A series of Islamic countries have criticized the burning of pages of the Quran outside a mosque in Stockholm as part of an authorized protest. Turkish President Erdogan was among them, amid NATO talks with Sweden.
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