Swedish Police Approve Quran Burning Ahead of Eurovision

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.02 - 2024 1:37 PM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The police have approved a Quran burning event before Eurovision in Malmö.

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In mid-April, the city police in Malmö, Sweden, received a contentious request.

An individual sought permission from the police to burn the Quran at Gustav Adolfs Torg on May 3, just one day before the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. This major international event is expected to attract fans and media from around the world to the Swedish city, potentially escalating tensions due to the controversial nature of the request.

After careful consideration, the police have decided to grant permission for the event.

Göteborgs-Posten reports that Per Engström, Chief of Command responsible for overseeing national special events during Eurovision week, has confirmed the authorization.

Engström also commented on the immense scale of police operations for Eurovision, which are set to be among the most extensive in the region's history.

According to the Chief of Command, authorities are preparing to manage a range of security concerns, including demonstrations, terrorist threats, and the potential for a public Quran burning.

In addition to the planned event on Friday, the police have received another application for a similar gathering on Saturday, according to information provided to TT.

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