The decision was made by Norwegian police upon the advice of the country’s foreign ministry after Turkey summoned the Norwegian ambassador in Ankara to express the government’s outrage the event had been given the green light by Norwegian authorities.
REMIX News The Norwegian police revealed authorities were concerned that protesters planned to burn a copy of the Quran, imitating an event that took place in Sweden last month and enraged the Islamic world. Norway’s foreign ministry subsequently demanded the demonstration be called off, revealing Ankara had warned it was a “provocative act.”
“The police emphasize that burning the Quran is a legal political statement in Norway, but this event can’t go ahead due to security concerns,” Oslo Police Inspector Martin Strand told local media.
The ‘Stop the Islamization of Norway’ (SIAN) organization confirmed to Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gangon Thursday that its supporters planned to burn the Quran at the protest outside the Turkish embassy.
“I applied to hold a political demonstration on Friday in front of the Turkish embassy. I do this in the context of Turkey’s intolerance of Western values of freedom. We cannot let Erdoğan rule with the authorities in Western countries, the organization’s leader Lars Thorsen told the newspaper.
In a statement, Norway’s foreign ministry revealed the country’s ambassador to Turkey had “pointed out that freedom of expression is enshrined in the constitution in Norway (except when it is directed at Muslims) and that the Norwegian authorities neither support nor stand behind the announced demonstration.” However, the decision to ban the demonstration appears to have been taken nonetheless.
Norway also stopped an anti-Islam protest in 2020 when a woman from Stop the Islamization of Norway was caught tearing pages out of a quran.
The cancelling of the protest comes just days after Finnish authorities also announced that they had cancelled a proposed Qur’an burning that was set to take place at an anti-NATO protest last week.
“We contacted the organiser of the demonstration and told them that this is not legal in Finland,” Chief Superintendent Heikki Porola of the Helsinki Police Department said.
“It is very typical that we contact the organiser of a demonstration in advance so that the event is carried out in accordance with the law,” the police officer added.
The cancelling of the two protests comes after Danish-Swedish anti-Islam activist Rasmus Paludan burned a copy of the Qur’an outside of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm, Sweden last month, causing a fierce reaction from the Turkish government, which has vowed to block Sweden — but not compliant Finland — from joining NATO until such protests are outlawed.
There have also been calls from Islamic Sunni scholars to boycott Swedish goods in the aftermath of the protests.
Toxic White Male says
Never bow to anyone, especially a murderous, moozlim, death cult, dicktatership
Andrew Kuncas says
Funny how they object to Koran burning while in their country they turn churches into stables for horses and cows.
Az gal says
They will be expected to continue to submit to Islam. This is only the beginning.
Be a man and not a fool – pull the chain. God I dread to see the regular armies across Europe as the muslimisis pour in for arms access and training. Girls and guys. Anything is possible and I imagine for once we know what outcome is in the making.
They better hold off on that nonsense since Turkey just got hit by a massive earthquake. God’s righteous judgement? I can’t help but to wonder.
Allah struck them and crushed the Sultan’s ego.
Leonard Gearhardt says
Sigh. Well, I suppose if they are wholly bent on joining NATO, they can cool it until the accession goes through, then get back to turning things around. I don’t mean to make light of the abominations taking place, at all. They must eject the violent, low IQ invaders asap. It continues to stun me that these countries continue permitting the savaging of their own citizens, justifying it, even, which only escalates jihadist behavior.
Ramez Fekry says
Scandinavia used to be the ancestral homeland of pure-blooded (read: blue-eyed, fair-haired, porcelain white-or pink-skinned, relatively tall, thin-lipped, pointy-nosed, pink-nippled, pink-areolaed, and pink external genitalia-having) European non-Koranimals, but it’s fallen to the hordes of Moslem immivaders!