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Sweden: Police appeal court ruling allowing demonstrations where Qurans would be burned


Swedish police said on Thursday they had appealed a court ruling overturning its decision to ban two gatherings where...

Swedish police said on Thursday they had appealed a court ruling overturning its decision to ban two rallies where protesters planned to burn Korans.

The burning of a Koran outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm in January has angered the Muslim world, leading to weeks of protests, calls to boycott Swedish products and helped block Sweden's bid to NATO membership.

Harm to diplomatic relations

Stockholm police refused to allow two similar protests planned for February, citing security concerns.

They did not take place.

However, in a judgment delivered on Tuesday, the Stockholm Administrative Court overturned this decision, finding that the security risks invoked were not sufficient to limit the right to demonstrate.


The police authorities did not sufficiently substantiate their decisions

," said judge Eva-Lotta Hedin.

The Swedish police had authorized the demonstration organized in January by Rasmus Paludan, a Swedish-Danish activist already convicted of racist insults.

Paludan also caused riots in Sweden last year when he toured the country and publicly burned copies of the Koran.

The destruction of the Koran in January also hurt Sweden's relations with Turkey, which resented the police's permission to protest.

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It is clear that those who have caused such shame in front of our country's embassy can no longer expect any benevolence from us regarding their application for NATO membership,"

Turkish President Recep said. Tayyip Erdogan in January.

Swedish police said the January protest made Sweden "

a higher priority target for attacks


Swedish politicians criticized the destruction of the Koran, but also vigorously defended freedom of expression in the country.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-04-06

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