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.