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Statement by Tobias Billström

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström


Desecration of the Quran, or any other holy scripture, is an offensive and disrespectful act, and a clear provocation. Expressions of racism, xenophobia and related intolerance have no place in Sweden or in Europe.

The Swedish Government understands that the despicable acts committed by individuals at demonstrations in Sweden may be offensive to Muslims. We strongly reject these acts, which in no way reflect the Swedish Government’s opinions.

In Sweden there is a constitutional right to freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and freedom to demonstrate.

The Swedish Government finds it highly regrettable that extremists and provocateurs are seeking to sow division between Muslims and non-Muslims.