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Sweden blocks Quran-burning protest

Turkey came out against Sweden’s NATO bid after a far-right activist burned a Quran outside the Turkish embassy last month. Sweden is now seeking to resume dialogue over the issue.
Far-right politician Rasmus Paludan holds up a Koran copy as he speaks in front of a mosque in Copenhagen, on January 27, 2023. - Turkey summoned Denmark's ambassador on January 27, 2023 to condemn a protest at which far-right extremist Paludan burned the Koran over Ankara's refusal to let Sweden and Finland join NATO. (Photo by SERGEI GAPON/AFP via Getty Images)

Authorities in Sweden decided on Wednesday not to allow a planned Quran burning. 

Swedish police denied permission to a protest planned for Thursday that would have included a burning of the Quran. The protest was against Sweden’s bid to join NATO, Deutsche Welle reported. 

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