Korans burned: how Sweden became the target of terrorist attacks

The terrorist attack in Brussels and the murder of two supporters of the Swedish football team have raised the specter of the terrorist threat in the Kingdom of Sweden.

Since June, publicly staged burnings of the Koran have aroused the anger not only of foreign governments in the Middle East, but also of terrorist organizations… How did Sweden become the target of terrorist attacks?
Acts linked to the far-right movement
Jenny Andersson returns to the phenomenon of Koran burning in Sweden. These acts do not date from this year but from 2021. They were perpetrated by Asmus Paludan, a Danish national who also holds Swedish citizenship, as well as Salvan Monica, a Christian Iraqi political refugee. The researcher states that these acts have “a strong connection to the extreme right, although it is not possible to see a connection with a particular party or organization”
“These acts create a major political crisis in Sweden, which was already there before Monday’s terrorist acts, but which has been significantly aggravated. Sweden is in a situation of destabilization which already existed since Sweden’s application for membership in NATO, which figures in the background of his actions,” says Jenny Andersson.

What framework for freedom of expression and the right to blasphemy?

The researcher affirms that this political crisis has generated reflection around freedom of expression in Sweden: “since this summer, the principle of freedom of expression has been hardened. Freedom of expression in Sweden would effectively tolerate the burning of the Koran, but it is not very clear legally, because indeed Sweden has not had a law against blasphemy since 1970, but other Scandinavian countries such as Finland have legislation against blasphemy blasphemy. Burning of the Koran is therefore prohibited in Finland and Denmark.
She recalls that when Sweden repealed the blasphemy law in 1970, it was a secular country. However, the country is today not a secular country but a country made up of several religious communities, which raises questions about the legislation to be applied.

If these acts of book burning have created a political crisis in Sweden, Jenny Andersson affirms that a large majority of Swedes live in harmony, whatever their religion.

This article is originally published on .radiofrance.fr


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