Condemnation of Koran burning in Sweden, protests in Baghdad

A group of people forced their way into the Swedish embassy in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, to ​​protest against an incident of burning a copy of the holy book of Muslims in Sweden.

A man set fire to a copy of the Koran outside Stockholm’s central mosque on Wednesday. His name is Salwan Momika and he is reported to be an Iraqi living in Sweden. BBC news

Several Muslim-majority countries, including Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, strongly condemned the incident.

A group of people gathered in front of the Swedish embassy in the capital Baghdad on Thursday after a powerful Iraqi religious leader, Moqtada al-Sadr, called for a protest.

Swedish authorities say Momika was allowed to protest outside the mosque under the country’s freedom of expression law. But after the Koran burning incident, police say they are now investigating the incident for inciting hatred.

Turkey has strongly condemned the incident and said such anti-Islamic activities in the name of freedom of expression are unacceptable.

Morocco and Jordan have asked their ambassadors to return home from Stockholm in protest. The Swedish ambassador in Rabat, Morocco was also summoned.

Egypt says the shameful incident is particularly provocative when Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristerson said the incident was ‘legally valid but inappropriate’.

There have been riots in Sweden over plans to burn the Koran.

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