Sweden would like to extinguish the fire. The first country’s minister on Sunday deplored a “deeply disrespectful act” in the aftermath of theburning of a Quran during a demonstration in Stockholm, expressing his “sympathy” to believers after several protests around the world Muslim.
“Freedom of expression is a fundamental part of democracy. But what is legal is not necessarily appropriate,” Conservative leader Ulf Kristersson said on Twitter in a message published overnight.
“Burning books that are holy to many is a deeply disrespectful act. I want to express my sympathy to all Muslims who have been offended by what happened in stockholm Saturday, said the head of government.
Negotiations with Turkey targeted
Saturday afternoon, as part of a demonstration authorized by the Swedish police near theembassy from Turkey, the Swedish-Danish right-wing extremist Rasmus Paludan burned a copy of the Koran, in an act aimed at denouncing the Swedish negotiations with Ankara on NATO.
The Swedish police had estimated Friday that the Constitution and the freedoms of demonstration and expression in Sweden did not justify the prohibition of this demonstration in the name of public order.
The authorization given to the anti-Islam demonstration sparked a diplomatic incident with Turkey, which denounced an “obvious hate crime” and canceled the visit of a Swedish minister scheduled for next week, further complicating discussions around Swedish membership in NATO, blocked by Ankara. Many other Muslim countries expressed their indignation, such as Morocco, which said it was surprised on Sunday that the Swedish authorities had allowed this “unacceptable” and “odious” act, “which took place in front of the forces of the order”..
On Saturday, the head of Swedish diplomacy Tobias Billström had already condemned “an appalling Islamophobic provocation” and stressed that the authorization of the demonstration did not mean that it was supported by the executive.