Anti-Muslim activists burned copies of Muslim scriptures near a mosque in Copenhagen and outside the Turkish embassy in Denmark.
Far-right activist Rasmus Pardan, who holds both Danish and Swedish citizenship, held a Quran-burning protest in Sweden on January 21, angering the Turkish government.
On Friday, he reenacted the stunt in front of a mosque and the Turkish embassy in Copenhagen, promising to continue every Friday until Sweden joins NATO.
Sweden and neighboring Finland are looking to join a military alliance amid the war in Ukraine. This is a historic departure from the non-aligned policy.
However, their accession requires approval from all NATO members, and it has been suggested that Turkey will block Sweden’s bid because of Pardan’s first stunt.
Earlier, the Turkish government had put pressure on both countries to crack down on Kurdish armed groups, activists and other groups it considered “terrorist”.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said the Danish ambassador was summoned to Turkey’s foreign ministry and Turkish officials “strongly condemned the permission given for this provocation, which clearly constitutes a hate crime.”
The ambassador has been told that “Denmark’s attitude is unacceptable” and Turkey expects the permit to be revoked.
Turkey’s foreign ministry later issued a statement calling Pardan an “Islamophobic charlatan” and regretting that he was allowed to demonstrate.
The ministry said: “Tolerance for the heinous acts that desensitize millions of people in Europe threatens the practice of peaceful coexistence, and is the basis for racist, xenophobic and anti-Islamic attacks.” cause,” he said.
Danish Foreign Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen told Danish media that the incident would not change the “good relations” between Denmark and Turkey, and Copenhagen intends to discuss Danish laws protecting freedom with Turkey. I added that there is.
“Our job now is to talk to Turkey about the situation in Denmark with an open democracy, to understand the differences between Denmark as a country and our people, and individual people with very different opinions. It’s about discussing, said Lokke Rasmussen.
After Pardan’s actions in Sweden last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Stockholm not to expect support for a NATO bid. Turkey has also indefinitely postponed a major conference in Brussels that was due to discuss Sweden and Finland’s accession.
On Friday, Pardhan was the first to burn a copy of Islamic scriptures outside a Copenhagen mosque. As he spoke, loud music blared from the mosque, apparently trying to drown out his words, according to the Associated Press news agency.
“This mosque has no place in Denmark,” Pardhan said live on his Facebook page, wearing a protective helmet and surrounded by riot police.
Pardhan, who is under police protection, was then driven away in a police car.
Later, in front of the Turkish embassy, Pardan reportedly said through a loudspeaker: [Erdogan] has joined Sweden in NATO and promises not to burn the Qur’an outside the Turkish embassy. Otherwise, every Friday at 2:00 PM. “
A lawyer, Pardhan founded far-right parties in both Sweden and Denmark and failed to win seats in national, regional, or local elections. In last year’s Swedish parliamentary elections, his party received just 156 votes nationwide.
On Friday, protests were held in the predominantly Muslim country to condemn the Pardan protests in Sweden and similar incidents in the Netherlands.
Condemnation and protests in countries including Pakistan, Iraq and Lebanon ended with people peacefully dispersing. In Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, police stopped some demonstrators from marching towards the Swedish embassy.
Meanwhile, the United States issued a security alert, warning American citizens in Turkey of possible retaliatory attacks on places of worship and places frequented by Westerners following the Quran-burning incident.