The stunts have made Sweden a precedence goal for terrorist assaults, Ulf Kristersson says
The burning of the Quran by anti-Islam activists is a harmful act that harms Sweden’s nationwide safety, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson mentioned on Thursday.
Writing on Fb, Kristersson urged the general public to grasp that the state of affairs is “very severe.”
“The latest harmful occasions – specifically, completely different demonstrative burning incidents – have elevated dangers for Sweden,” he wrote.
The prime minister mentioned that in keeping with an evaluation by the Swedish police, “we have now gone from being what known as a authentic goal for terrorist assault to a precedence goal.”
Sweden can also be at risk of changing into “a pawn within the video games performed by exterior powers,” he warned.
On Wednesday, the top of communication at Sweden’s Psychological Protection Company, Mikael Ostlund, accused Russia of utilizing the Quran-burning incidents in its “disinformation marketing campaign… to separate us within the West and likewise to create an elevated anxiousness and polarization right here in Sweden.” He claimed Moscow’s aim was “to make it tougher for Sweden to affix NATO.”
In current weeks, demonstrators have staged two Quran-destroying acts exterior the Iraqi embassy in Stockholm, with prior permission from the police.
In June, Iraqis who have been outraged by the desecration of Islam’s holy ebook, overran the Swedish embassy in Baghdad, setting it on hearth. Shortly afterwards, the Iraqi authorities expelled the Swedish ambassador, whereas recalling their envoy from Stockholm.
The burning incidents have induced anger elsewhere within the Muslim world, with Türkiye, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, the UAE and Jordan among the many international locations to sentence Sweden.
In a separate interview with TT information company on Thursday, Kristersson mentioned Swedish police obtained a number of extra allow functions for the burning of spiritual texts subsequent week, however didn’t point out the Quran particularly.
Earlier this month, a Muslim demonstrator obtained approval for setting the Torah and the Bible on hearth exterior the Israeli embassy in Stockholm. Nonetheless, the activist deserted his plans on the final second, as an alternative staging a protest in opposition to the desecration of holy books of any religion.
“It’s the police that make these choices [on giving out permits], not me… If they’re granted, we face a lot of days with the apparent threat of significant issues occurring,” Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson identified, including that he was “extraordinarily involved.”
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