Protests In Baghdad Following Quran Burning In Sweden

Protesters set fire to flag representing the LGBTQ community while others held portraits of populist Iraqi leader Muqtada al-Sadr.

Hundreds of Iraqis stormed and protested at the Swedish Embassy in Baghdad after a man burned a Quran outside a mosque in Stockholm.

A crowd of supporters of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr on Thursday stayed inside the compound for about 15 minutes, then left as security forces deployed, an AFP news agency photographer said. Iraqi officials have yet to make any statement on the storming of the embassy.

Some of the protesters set fire to a rainbow-coloured flag representing the LGBTQ community and many held the Quran and portraits of al-Sadr and chanted, “Yes, yes to the Quran”. Iraq’s foreign ministry summoned Sweden’s ambassador.

In its permit for Wednesday’s demonstration, in which the Quran was desecrated, Swedish police said that while it “may have foreign policy consequences”, the security risks and consequences linked to a Quran burning were not of such a nature that the application should be rejected.


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