Stockholm protests anger Turkey
Protests in Stockholm on Saturday against Turkey and Sweden’s bid to join Nato, including the burning of a copy of the Quran, sharply heightened tensions with Turkey at a time when the Nordic country needs Ankara’s backing to gain entry to the military alliance.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the vile attack on our holy book ... Permitting this anti-Islam act, which targets Muslims and insults our sacred values, under the guise of freedom of expression is completely unacceptable,” the Turkish foreign ministry said.
Its statement was issued after an anti-immigrant politician from the far-Right fringe burned a copy of the Quran near the Turkish embassy. The Turkish ministry urged Sweden to take necessary actions against the perpetrators and invited all countries to take concrete steps against Islamophobia.
A separate protest took place in the city supporting Kurds and against Sweden’s bid to join Nato. A group of pro-Turkish demonstrators also held a rally outside the embassy. All three events had police permits.