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Sweden calls for vigilance abroad after Quran desecrations and protests in Muslim World

Sweden warns its residents abroad and companies linked to the nation that they “ought to observe elevated vigilance” after a string of Quaran burnings sparked anger in the Muslim world.

A senior Swedish official stated on Monday Swedes abroad and companies linked to Sweden “ought to observe elevated vigilance and warning,” following latest Quran burnings in the nation and protests in the Muslim world.


Henrik Landerholm, Sweden’s Nationwide Safety Adviser, stated there are indicators of “a heightened risk” to the nation and to Swedish pursuits abroad, including the safety state of affairs has worsened.

Authorities have instructed police to accentuate their work on the nation’s border and to test to a better extent who’s getting into Sweden and who might have a terrorist motive.

“Sweden has gone from being a “reliable” goal for terrorist assaults, as one amongst all different Western nations, to being a extra prioritised goal for the sort of terrorist assault,” stated Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer.

“Through the summer time, each the safety police and the federal government have communicated that we’re in a extra critical safety state of affairs now than we have been six months in the past,” he added. 

These measures are supposed to stop “individuals with very weak connections to Sweden” to come back to the nation “to commit crimes or to behave in battle with Swedish safety pursuits,” he stated at a information convention in Stockholm. 

On Sunday, the UK additionally warned its residents travelling to Sweden of potential terrorist assaults. And its international ministry stated that Swedish officers have already prevented deliberate assaults in the nation. 

A latest string of public Quran desecrations in Sweden and Denmark carried out by a handful of anti-Islam activists has sparked offended demonstrations in Muslim nations.

In July, Sweden’s embassy was stormed in Iraq. Whereas earlier this month, there was an tried assault on its embassy in Lebanon, and a consulate worker was shot in Turkey. 

Sweden doesn’t have a legislation particularly prohibiting the burning or desecration of the Quran or different non secular texts. Like many Western nations, it doesn’t have any blasphemy legal guidelines. 

The precise to carry public demonstrations is protected by the Swedish Structure. Police typically give permission based mostly on whether or not they imagine a public gathering could be held with out main disruptions or dangers to public security.

Swedish officers repeatedly have condemned the desecrations, and have additionally debunked claims that the federal government in Sweden grants permission for individuals to burn Islam’s sacred textual content or different non secular books.


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