- The minister says that the desecration of the Quran threatens Sweden’s security.
- “We have to ask ourselves whether the current system is a good one.”
- On the first day of Eid, a person burnt the pages of Quran in Stockholm.
Sweden’s Justice Minister Gunnar Stromer said the government is investigating whether it can condone insults to the holy Quran or books related to other religions after the country’s security was “damaged” following a recent holy Quran burning incident. may ban.
A man traveling to Sweden from Iraq burned pages of the Holy Quran outside a mosque in Stockholm on the first day of Eid al-Adha, sparking outrage in the Muslim world and condemnation from Pope Francis.
In response to the incident, the Swedish security services claimed that such actions made the country less safe.
Police have rejected several applications seeking permission to hold protests and burn the Holy Quran this year due to security concerns.
But Swedish courts have overturned police rulings, claiming that such acts are protected under the country’s far-reaching freedom of expression laws.
However, when talking aftonbladet In the paper, Stromer said on Thursday that the government is analyzing the situation and considering whether amendments to the law are needed.
“We have to ask ourselves whether the current order is good or whether there is any reason to reconsider it,” the justice minister told Aftonbladet.
He added that Sweden has become a “priority target” for attacks.
“We can see that last week’s burning of the Quran poses a threat to our internal security,” he said.
The incident has also hurt Sweden’s bid to join NATO, with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan saying his country cannot approve Sweden’s application before stopping the burning of the Holy Quran.