Swedish police grant permit for ‘Quran burning protest’ outside parliament today

Protestor Salwan Momika appears outside the Iraqi embassy in Stockholm, July 20, 2023, where he burned a copy of the Quran and the Iraqi flag. (Oscar Olsson/TT via AP)
Protestor Salwan Momika appears outside the Iraqi embassy in Stockholm, July 20, 2023, where he burned a copy of the Quran and the Iraqi flag. (Oscar Olsson/TT via AP)

Swedish police have granted a permit for a protest outside parliament today in which the organizers plan to burn the Quran, according to local media.

The protesters tell media they wanted to see the Muslim holy book banned in Sweden.

“I will burn it many times, until you ban it,” organizer Salwan Najem tells Expressen newspaper.

Najem had joined Iraqi refugee Salwan Momika at two previous such protests in Stockholm — outside the city’s main mosque and later outside Iraq’s embassy.

The protest is scheduled for 1 p.m. local time today, according to the police permit.

Sweden has seen its diplomatic relations with several Middle Eastern nations strained over previous protests involving Quran desecrations.

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