Swedish protestor defends freedom of speech, refuses holy book burning

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Swedish police. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — On Saturday, a man in Stockholm, Sweden, who had initially been granted permission by the Swedish police to demonstrate outside the Israeli embassy with the intention of burning the Torah and the Bible, said he never intended to burn any holy books. Instead, he used the opportunity to draw attention to the limits of freedom of speech.اضافة اعلان

Freedom of speech should have its limits
Alloush firmly stated that he could never burn a holy book, emphasizing that freedom of expression should have its limits, and burning the Quran should not be considered an acceptable form of speech, Al Jazeera reported.

The protest was triggered by a recent incident where an Iraqi Christian man seeking refuge in Sweden tore pages from the Quran and set them on fire in front of Stockholm's largest mosque during Eid al-Adha. This action outraged Muslims worldwide, and several world leaders called on Sweden to condemn such acts.

In response to the controversy, on July 5, hundreds of Jordanians gathered outside the Embassy of Sweden in Abdoun to express their strong opposition to the Swedish government's decision to permit the burning of the Quran. The demonstration was organized by the Islamic Movement.

Furthermore, the UN's human rights body approved a measure aimed at urging countries to take more significant actions to prevent religious hatred in the aftermath of the Quran-burning incidents. Despite concerns from Western countries that these measures might restrict freedom of expression, a majority of the board voted in favor of the measure, Associated Press reported.

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