Police have refused to grant permission for an anti-Muslim demonstration where participants wanted to burn a copy of the Quran. However, the permission was not withdrawn out of political correctness but because police would have been unable to safeguard the participants' security in the face of a swathe of menacing threats. Following the cancellation of the event, commenters have posted many scornful messages. One of them simply wrote: "They are completely crazy. They wanted to burn the Quran in Malmo. They think they are in Sweden."
Following a string of violent threats, Swedish police withdrew its permission for an anti-Islam demonstration that would have been staged in Malmo on Friday to highlight the country's growing Islamisation problem. The planned event has provoked general outcry, partly because the demonstrators wanted to burn a Quran. This time permission for the demonstration wasn't revoked out of political correctness but because the organisers have received so many threats that police feared they would be unable to guarantee the participants's security.
The threats included vandalism, arson, rape and even murder. Samhalls Nytt interviewed the organisers, who stressed that their explicit goal was to draw people's attention to the current situation. Dan Park, one of the organisers, said the fact that a consitutionally protected public gathering cannot go ahead because of a social group's objections and intent to restrict freedom of expression is proof of the problem's existence. "It seems that violence is able to silence free speech and opinion in Sweden," he said.
After the cancellation of the event, the commenters who had issued the threats began mocking police on social media. One of them wrote that "If you fight against Islam, Islam will be stronger, if you don't fight, it will just spread," while another wrote: "They are completely crazy. They wanted to burn the Quran in Malmo. They think they are in Sweden."