A video of massive protests in Turkey against the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden has gone viral on social media. The protest happened earlier this week following the Islamophobic incident of the burning of the Quran outside the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm.
Thousands of Kurds took to the streets of the Turkish city of Batman to show their anger. The drone footage shows the street is packed with protestors raising flags and chanting slogans against Islamophobes.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also reacted to the desecration of the Holy Quran. He has warned Sweden not to expect NATO bid support from Turkey. Sweden requested to join NATO after Russia invaded Ukraine. It needs support from Turkey which is already a member of NATO.
“Sweden should not expect support from us for Nato,” Erdogan said in response.
“It is clear that those who caused such a disgrace in front of our country’s embassy can no longer expect any benevolence from us regarding their application.”
Foreign media states’ request was taken from the authorities in Sweden before burning the copy of the Holy Quran. Rasmus Paludan, the leader of the Stram Kurs (Hard Line) Party, under the protection of police and with permission from the government, burned a copy of the Quran outside the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm on Saturday.
On Saturday, a Quran was burned in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Since then, protests have erupted across the Muslim world. On Jan 23, thousands of Kurds took to the streets of Batman, Turkey, to show their anger:pic.twitter.com/LfImefwts8
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) January 26, 2023
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Condemnations poured in from across the Arab and Islamic worlds over the burning of a copy of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, by a Swedish-Danish right-wing extremist in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. Turkey has been a leading voice in the protest against desecration of Holy Quran in Sweden.
Saudi Arabia condemned the Swedish authorities for allowing the far-right politician to burn the Quran.
In a statement, the Saudi Foreign Ministry affirmed “the kingdom’s firm position calling for the importance of spreading the values of dialogue, tolerance, and coexistence, and rejecting hatred and extremism.”
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry decried the Quran burning as a “disgraceful act.”