March 24, 2023

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Rasmus Paludan burned the Koran again, but in Denmark

Rasmus Paludan, who burned the Koran in front of the Turkish embassy in Sweden on January 21, repeated the action today, January 27. Activist burned holy book for Muslims in front of mosque in Copenhagen, standing surrounded by police.

The far-right activist also said he would burn the Koran in front of the Turkish embassy in Copenhagen every Friday “until Sweden is admitted to NATO.”

“I also promise that when he (Erdogan – Ed.) accepts Sweden into NATO, I will never again burn the Koran in front of the Turkish embassy,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet put forward a version that the burning of the Koran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm could have been initiated by Russia in order to discredit Sweden in front of Turkey as a possible NATO member. According to local media, Muslims tried to prevent the provocative actions. They set up speakers near the place of burning the Koran and loudly turned on the prayers of Islam.

Turkey’s reaction

As informs The Turkish edition of Hürriyet Daily News, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Danish Ambassador to Turkey, Danny Annan, after the Danish authorities allowed a provocative protest “related to the attack on the holy book of the Koran.” “Turkey strongly condemns Denmark for allowing this provocative act of hate crime, this Danish attitude is unacceptable,” Foreign Ministry sources, who wished to remain anonymous, told the publication.

The hand of the Kremlin?

Rasmus Paludan, a far-right activist from the Danish anti-Islamist Hard Deal party, could have been pushed to act by Swedish journalist Chang Frik, who was once associated with the Russian television channel RT, according to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. The burning of the Koran was supposed to discredit Sweden in front of Turkey as a possible member of NATO. The publication reported that Frick paid the necessary fee for the action in Stockholm. However, the journalist himself, known for his pro-Russian views, denies this. The same opinion was expressed at the Robert Lansing Institute for Global Threats and Democracy Research.

The first time the burning of the Koran in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm took place January 21. The action caused indignation throughout the Muslim world, and Turkey responded by saying that Sweden had violated its obligations to NATO. A few days later, on January 25, Turkey blocked the entry of Sweden and Finland into the Alliance.

The Swedish police, in turn, explained that they agreed on the event, in accordance with the laws on freedom of expression. According to the agency Reutersin the permission that Paludan received from the police to hold the action, its purpose was called the fight against Islam and “the attempts of the Turkish leader Recep Erdogan to restrict freedom of speech in Sweden.”

PS It looks like it’s time to declare both the Swedish and Danish police henchmen of the Kremlin… After all, they didn’t interfere and even, moreover, helped…

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