Denmark’s Quran Protest Regulation Move

Desecrations of the Koran have fueled tensions with the Muslim world. The Danish government believes that such protests play into the hands of extremists and sow division

The Danish government wants to calm tensions. He announced on Sunday that he wanted to limit possible new demonstrations planning desecrations of the Koran, highlighting the security problems they entail.

Several recent demonstrations in Sweden or Denmark involving burnings or other desecrations of the Muslim holy book have raised diplomatic tensions between the two Scandinavian countries and several Arab countries.

Stressing that such demonstrations play into the hands of extremists and sow division, the Danish government intends to “explore” the possibility of intervening in situations “where, for example, other countries, cultures and religions are insulted, and which may have significant negative consequences for Denmark, particularly in terms of security,” the foreign ministry wrote in a statement.

“This must of course be done within the framework of freedom of expression protected by the Constitution,” he added, stressing that this is one of Denmark’s most important values.

Provocations with serious consequences

The Danish Foreign Ministry notes that the protests have ‘reached a level where Denmark, in many parts of the world, is seen as a country that facilitates the insult and denigration of other countries’ cultures, religions and traditions’ . According to him, the “main purpose” of some of these demonstrations is to provoke and “could have significant consequences”.

At the end of July, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran summoned the representatives of Swedish diplomatic missions in their countries. Algeria has also summoned the representatives of Denmark.

A similar process underway in Sweden

In a separate statement, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said on Sunday he had been in close contact with his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen, recalling that a similar process was already underway in Sweden. “We have also started to analyze the legal situation in order to consider measures to strengthen our national security and the security of Swedes in Sweden and around the world,” Ulf Kristersson recalled on Instagram.

Sweden on Thursday ordered its armies and administrations to strengthen their preparations against terrorism amid deteriorating security, after several episodes where the Koran was desecrated.

At the end of June, Salwan Momika, a 37-year-old Iraqi refugee in Sweden, set fire to pages of the Koran outside the main mosque in Stockholm. Last week, he again stomped on and tore up a copy of the book outside the Iraqi Embassy to show his opposition to its precepts. At the end of July in Denmark, the far-right Danske Patrioter movement posted a video of a man desecrating and burning what appears to be a Koran and trampling on an Iraqi flag.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have called for an extraordinary meeting, to be held on Monday, of the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to address the desecration of the Koran in the two Scandinavian countries.

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