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Nordic governments search to de-escalate stress as extra Korans are burned


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Protesters maintain copies of the Koran as they display exterior the Consulate Normal of Sweden in Istanbul, Turkey, July 30, 2023. REUTERS

COPENHAGEN/STOCKHOLM — Extra Koran burnings occurred in Sweden and Denmark on Monday because the governments of the 2 Nordic nations mentioned they have been analyzing methods to legally restrict such acts in a bid to de-escalate rising tensions with a number of Muslim nations.

Denmark and Sweden have seen a number of protests in latest weeks by which copies of the Koran have been burned, or in any other case broken, prompting outrage in Muslim nations and calls for that the Nordic governments put a cease to the burnings.

The Danish authorities mentioned on Sunday it could search to discover a “authorized device” that would allow authorities to intervene in such protests, if deemed to ivolve “important damaging penalties for Denmark, not least with regard to safety”.

“The truth that we’re signaling each in Denmark and overseas that we’re engaged on it’ll hopefully assist de-escalate the issues we face,” Overseas Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen instructed journalists following a gathering with international coverage audio system of parliament on Monday.

“It’s not as a result of we really feel pressured to take action, however it’s our political evaluation that it’s in one of the best curiosity of all of us,” Rasmussen mentioned. “We shouldn’t simply sit and watch for this to blow up.”

Even so, Koran burnings occurred in each nations on Monday. In Stockholm, an Iraqi refugee behind a number of protests in latest weeks appeared to burn a replica of the Koran exterior the Swedish parliament. In Denmark, anti-Muslim protesters burned the Koran exterior the Saudi Arabian embassy in Copenhagen.

The Nordic nations have deplored the burnings of the Koran however can not forestall it underneath constitutional legal guidelines defending freedom of speech.

Nevertheless, each governments have now mentioned they’re contemplating authorized modifications that might permit authorities to forestall additional burnings in particular conditions.

The Swedish authorities mentioned this month it’s analyzing an identical resolution, however right-wing events in each nations have denounced the initiatives, with some saying freedom of speech can’t be compromised.

Swedish Overseas Minister Tobias Billstrom mentioned on Monday that he had despatched letters to all 57 nations within the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to elucidate Sweden’s proper to meeting and condemned Islamophobic acts.

OIC international ministers convened in a unprecedented session on Monday to debate the latest developments the place it strongly condemned the Koran burnings.

It additionally mentioned in a press release after the assembly ended that it referred to as upon member states to take applicable motion, whether or not political or financial, in nations the place the Koran is being desecrated.

After the assembly, Billstrom and his Danish counterpart Rasmussen individually wrote on X, previously Twitter, that they might proceed their dialogue with the OIC.

Billstrom additionally wrote in his submit that Sweden would examine the resolutions and proposals made by the OIC fastidiously.

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