About a thousand demonstrators gathered before dawn in Baghdad. They tried to reach the heavily fortified Green Zone with the aim of reaching the Danish embassy – but were repelled by security forces, according to AFP and the Associated Press.
– Yes to the Koran chanted the demonstrators, most of them young men.
The protest dispersed two hours later.
The new protests in the Iraqi capital come two days after the Swedish embassy in Baghdad was stormed and burned.
Participants in the protests against Sweden and Denmark were described as supporters of the influential Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr.
It was a Friday afternoon when two people were burning a book outside the Iraqi Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. Police said the anti-Islam group Danske Patrioter was behind the burning of the book doctor But it has not been confirmed that it was actually a Qur’an that was burned. The event was broadcast live on Facebook.
– We don’t know what book it was, Deputy Chief of Police Copenhagen Tren Fisker tells AFP.
But the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the incident that took place in Denmark and described it as burning the Qur’an.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns, in strong and repeated terms, the incident of insulting the Holy Qur’an and the Iraqi flag in front of the Iraqi embassy in Denmark,” the statement said.
The ministry called on the international community to take a “quick” stance against actions that “violate social peace and coexistence in the world.”
Another protest is scheduled in Baghdad later on Saturday.
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