The Swedish government has issued a statement denouncing the recent act of burning a copy of the Quran in the city of Malmö, calling it a “provocation” and an “expression of Islamophobia”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Sweden respects the freedom of religion and expression, but that these rights must be exercised with respect for others’ beliefs and cultures.
The ministry also expressed its solidarity with the Muslim community in Sweden and around the world, and reaffirmed its commitment to combatting racism, discrimination and hate crimes.
The Quran burning took place on August 28, 2020, during a demonstration by a far-right group called Stram Kurs, which advocates for banning Islam in Denmark and Sweden.
The incident sparked violent protests and clashes between police and protesters in Malmö, as well as condemnation from several Muslim countries and organizations.