Quran burning sparks outrage in front of Iraqi embassy in Denmark

Protesters from the Danish Patriots demonstrate in front of the Iraqi embassy in Copenhagen

A group of protesters ignited a copy of the Quran, the sacred book of Islam, outside the Iraqi embassy in Copenhagen on Monday, provoking anger and condemnation from Iraq and Iran.

The protesters belong to a group called “Danish Patriots”, which had previously burned the Quran in a similar protest last week and broadcasted the events on Facebook.

The Quran burning incidents in Denmark and Sweden, where free speech laws allow such acts, have triggered massive protests in Iraq and Iran, two predominantly Muslim countries. On Thursday, angry protesters torched the Swedish embassy in Baghdad.

On Saturday, thousands of Iraqis rallied in Baghdad to denounce the Quran burning in the two Scandinavian countries, in a protest organised by ruling Iraqi parties and armed groups, many of them allied with Iran.

The leader of Monday’s protest in Copenhagen trampled on the Quran and burned it in a metal container next to the Iraqi flag on the ground.

The harshest penalty should be imposed on anyone who shows contempt for the holy book of Islam, according to the highest authority in Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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