The supervised protests, during which members of a local anti-Islamic organization slammed Islam as a religion of violence and labeling the prophet Muhammad a “paedophile,” culminated in the central religious text of Islam being burnt, likely for the first time in Norway. Nearly 6% of the population is now Muslim…approaching the breaking point of 10%.
Sputnik News (h/Mano) Muslim leaders in Agder, Norway, have announced plans to file a police report after the Quran burning that occurred during a demonstration on Saturday. The Muslim community sees this action not only as illegal but also as a “hate crime”, Akmal Ali, the leader of the Muslim Union of Agder said, according to ABC Nyheter.
He referred to a demonstration by Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN) in Kristiansand this past Saturday, when two copies of the Quran were thrown into a garbage bin, and another set alight by the organisation’s leader Lars Thorsen.
During the skirmish, photographer Lena Anderassen was attacked by Muslims and kicked in the back.
While the demonstration was allowed by the police, SIAN received no permit to burn the Quran, which is why the police promptly interfered to terminate the event. The Quran burning was later condemned by Turkey.
Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN) dates back to the early 2000s. Its stated goal is to counter the proliferation of Islam, which it views as a totalitarian political ideology that violates the Norwegian Constitution as well as democratic and human values.
Norway’s Muslim community has grown exponentially over the past few decades and is now estimated to constitute 5.7 percent of the country’s population of 5.2 million, accounting for well over 10 percent or higher in some municipalities.
Quran burnings are a staple of the right-wing Danish Party Stram Kurs (“Hard line”), whose leader Rasmus Paludan celebrates it as a token of free speech.
Here you can see Muslims jumps out and attack the quran-burner: