STOCKHOLM (AA) – Police in Finland have said the public burning of Islam’s holy book would not be allowed in the country.
The National Police Board said that burning a copy of the Quran would likely violate religious peace, which is a punishable offence in Finland.
The public burning or other desecration of a book held sacred by a religious community would be met with police intervention, added the police.
In response to a question on whether they would adopt a similar approach, the Swedish Foreign Ministry reiterated its position on the legality of desecrating a copy of the Quran in the name of freedom of expression.
“The government understands those who are offended by actions such as the burning of holy scriptures,” the ministry noted, adding “not everything that is legal is necessarily appropriate.”
Danish-Swedish politician Rasmus Paludan, the leader of the far-right Stram Kurs (Hard Line) Party, carried out desecration in front of a mosque in Denmark last m0nth.
The Islamophobic act came days after he had done the same outside the Turkish Embassy in Sweden during what was a police-approved protest.
Protected by Swedish law, Islamophobe Paludan has brazenly announced that he would repeat the hate crime targeting the Muslim holy book every Friday until Sweden is included in the NATO alliance.