A small group of anti-Islam activists set fire to Korans in front of the Egyptian and Turkish embassies in Copenhagen on Tuesday after similar protests in Denmark and Sweden over recent weeks that have enraged Muslims.
Denmark and Sweden have said they deplore the burning of the Islam’s holy book but cannot prevent it under rules protecting free speech. Last week, protesters in Iraq set the Swedish embassy in Baghdad ablaze.
Tuesday’s demonstration in Copenhagen by a group called “Danish Patriots” followed Koran burnings the group staged on Monday and last week in front of the Iraqi embassy. Two such incidents have taken place in Sweden over the past month.
Turkey’s foreign ministry on Tuesday strongly condemned the “continuing attacks” on the Koran, adding that Danish authorities allowing these actions means they do not see the “severity” of the results they can have. Turkey on Monday called on Denmark to take necessary measures to prevent this “hate crime” against Islam.
Bahrain summoned Sweden’s chargé d’affaires and handed her a formal protest letter against allowing the burning of the Koran in Stockholm, the state news agency said on Tuesday citing the foreign ministry.