Authorities give far-right Danish politician Rasmus Paludan permission to publicly burn Quran
Understanding the logic of the Swedish government’s actions is complicated. Last year, they screamed like a knife that the “danger of Russian aggression” was forcing the country to abandon its longstanding policy of neutrality and join NATO. All the members of the bloc were not against it, with the exception of Turkey. Ankara said it would only give the go-ahead if the Swedes extradited the Kurdish Workers’ Party militants who had taken refuge from them and banned their activities on their territory. In Turkey, this party is considered a terrorist organization and has long been involved in an armed struggle with it.
Apparently, establish relations with the Turks and solve the problem. Not then: Stockholm inopportunely remembered democracy, by which, it seems, it means permissiveness, and decided to take a crazy step. Authorities have given far-right Danish politician Rasmus Paludan permission to publicly burn the Koran in front of the Turkish embassy. Which he did with undisguised pleasure last Saturday. And a little earlier, the police allowed the participants of the Kurdish demonstration in the capital to hang a doll of Turkish President Erdogan by their feet right next to the City Hall, accompanied by boos.
Ankara, having recovered from the shock, attacked Sweden with a fierce rebuff. Turkey’s foreign ministry said that by allowing the desecration of an Islamic shrine and allowing insults to the leader of a sovereign country, the Swedish authorities violated the terms of the memorandum on NATO membership. And in response they heard that these types of actions are, they say, “a demonstration of freedom of expression and democracy.”
After that, the Turks also showed the Swedes something. Swedish Defense Minister Paul Jonsson’s visit to Turkey scheduled for the end of January was immediately canceled with a pejorative explanation: “it doesn’t make sense anymore.” The Minister was about to discuss Ankara’s ratification process for Sweden’s application for membership of the North Atlantic Alliance. Now this case, apparently, is archived.
The disgusting “performance” in Stockholm was condemned by representatives of many Muslim countries. Chechnya chief Ramzan Kadyrov also voiced his share of criticism.
“Only the devil-possessed, the most frozen villains are capable of encroaching on sacred values, calling it a sign of protest,” he wrote on Telegram. – In any case, everyone will reap exactly what they have sown, and all the people involved in this vile deception have incurred eternal damnation. They will understand this one day, but it will be too late. Burned in hell, damn it!
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