Turkey summons Dutch ambassador after Quran desecration in The Hague

The Dutch ambassador to Turkey was summoned by the Turkish foreign minister on Tuesday (January 24th) after an Islamophobic militant desecrated a copy of the Koran in The Hague, the Turkish ministry announced. “Our ministry has strongly expressed our condemnation and protest against this heinous and despicable act and has demanded that the Netherlands not allow such acts of provocation”can we read in the press release.

On Sunday, a Dutch leader of the Islamophobic movement Pegida was filmed tearing, near the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, pages from a copy of the Koran, before trampling them. According to Dutch public television NOS, however, the local police prevented him from burning the holy book of Muslims.

Saturday, the burning of a Koran by another anti-Islam activist in Stockholm had already drawn strong protests from Ankara. On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Sweden, a candidate for membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), could no longer count on the ” support “ of Ankara following this incident.

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As part of a police-sanctioned protest near the Turkish embassy, ​​Swedish-Danish far-right politician Rasmus Paludan burned a copy of the Koran, in an act aimed at denouncing negotiations between the Sweden and Turkey concerning Sweden’s accession to the Atlantic Alliance.

Many other Muslim countries had expressed their outrage. Morocco expressed its astonishment that the Swedish authorities allowed this act “unacceptable” and “odious”, “which took place in front of the police”. Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates also condemned this gesture, as did the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. “Freedom of expression must be exercised responsibly”commented Jakarta.

The World with AFP

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