Rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran united in condemning the sequence of incidents in Sweden and Denmark
Muslim-majority nations have angrily criticized the governments of Denmark and Sweden for repeatedly permitting the burning of the Quran throughout protests of their capitals. The most recent incident, throughout which the Muslim holy guide was trampled on and destroyed, came about in Copenhagen on Monday.
Türkiye condemned the protest, which was staged in entrance of the Iraqi embassy by an ultra-nationalist group referred to as Danish Patriots. The Turkish overseas ministry referred to as the protesters’ actions “vile assaults in opposition to our holy guide” and urged the Danish authorities to “take the mandatory measures to forestall these outrageous acts.”
Baghdad slammed each the burning on Monday and a earlier demonstration by the identical group, which came about final Friday.
“These systematic actions expose societies to the an infection of terrorism and hatred and threaten peaceable coexistence,” the Iraqi overseas ministry stated in a press release on Monday.
Final week’s occasion in Copenhagen, which the Danish Patriots stay streamed on Fb, triggered mass protests in Baghdad. Bridges to the Inexperienced Zone, which homes a number of Western embassies, have been closed off on Saturday and safety measures have been elevated by the federal government.
Danish diplomatic employees left Baghdad on the identical day, the Iraqi ministry reported on Monday. Denmark stated its embassy was closed for summer season holidays, however denied withdrawing personnel.
Simply days earlier the Swedish embassy in Baghdad was overrun by indignant protesters, who have been protesting an indication throughout which a Quran was burnt in entrance of the Iraqi diplomatic mission in Stockholm. In response Iraq expelled the Swedish ambassador and recalled its personal consultant to the nation.
Algeria, one other Muslim-majority nation, summoned the Danish ambassador and the Swedish chargé d’affaires on Monday to problem formal protests over what it referred to as a string of “immoral and uncivilized acts.”
Saudi Arabia issued a condemnation on Sunday, earlier than the newest episode in Denmark came about, saying that the desecrations of the Quran have been “inciting hatred and violence between religions.”
Riyadh’s long-term regional rival, Tehran, took the identical place, with the Iranian overseas ministry reportedly summoning the Danish ambassador on Sunday. The assertion expressed condemnation of “any defiling of Islamic sanctities anyplace on this planet.”
Muslim critics of the politically-charged Quran burnings in Europe say the perpetrators are abusing freedom of expression with a view to incite hatred.