On Friday, a memorial service was held in Stockholm for teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded in France after showing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed to his class on the subject of freedom of speech.
Samnytt The ceremony included a Koran burning outside the Riksdag. When the organizer turned on, however, two policemen intervened and tried to snatch the book from him, on the pretext that they wanted to “keep order in the square”. The organizer was notified of suspicion of incitement against an ethnic group but eventually managed to set the book on fire.
At noon, the organizer began his demonstration on Mynttorget and was quickly surrounded by people who wanted to show their support but also press photographers who documented the gathering. When the organizer started lighting the Koran with the Riksdag building in the background, two police officers intervened and asked the organizer what purpose he had.
The officers were met by verbal protests from the people who had gathered at the site to support the rally and said they refused to be denied the right to express their opinions and burn a book that you yourself possess. The police were asked to identify themselves, which they did, and then began to talk about the crime of opinion incitement against ethnic groups.
The police on the spot were called “opinion police” and were asked what crime the organizer was accused of and why, but the police could not or did not want to develop that. The organizer presented a decision from the Public Prosecutor’s Office that a previous investigation concerning incitement against ethnic groups for having “desecrated the Koran” had been closed. The police took a few steps back and let the burning of the book continue.