In a statement quoted by AFP, the Sunni institution called on “Muslims to boycott Dutch and Swedish products”, demanding “an adequate response from the governments of these two countries… and their insistence on defending despicable and barbaric crimes in the name of of freedom’.” He “strongly condemned” the two acts in statements, expressing his “deep concern over the recurrence of such events and the recent Islamophobic escalation in several European countries.”
Recall that as part of a Swedish police-sanctioned “protest” near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm, Swedish-Danish right-wing extremist Rasmus Paludan burned a copy of the Koran on Saturday. On Sunday, the Dutch leader of the Islamophobic movement Pegida was caught on camera tearing pages out of a copy of the Quran outside the Dutch parliament alone, before stomping on them. However, according to Dutch public television NOS, the local police prevented him from burning the Muslim holy book. The two events sparked strong protests in Ankara and various capitals of the Muslim world, as well as demonstrations in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Stockholm, for its part, deplored the “deeply disrespectful” act and expressed sympathy for Muslims, stressing that the Swedish constitution prohibits such acts. This was not enough to assuage the anger of Turkey, more determined than ever to block Sweden’s NATO bid.
On Monday, Washington called the burning of the Koran a “disgusting” act, denouncing a “provocation” and a “deliberate desire to influence ongoing discussions on Swedish and Finnish NATO membership” and “weaken” unity. transatlantic. “I want to resume a working dialogue with Turkey,” Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said on Tuesday during a press conference, criticizing “provocateurs” who are trying to destabilize Sweden’s bid and calling for “calm in the face of a serious situation.” . “