Raged and angry mob in Baghdad Iraq have stormed the Swedish embassy in central Baghdad, scaling its walls and torching the building in protest against the expected desecration of the Muslim holy book Quran in Sweden.
Angry protesters storm Swedish embassy in Iraqi capital against expected desecration of Quran in Sweden.In Baghdad’s Iraqi capital, angry protesters stormed the Swedish embassy to express their outrage over the expected desecration of the Quran in Sweden. Hundreds of protesters scaled the embassy walls and set the building on fire in their demonstration against the perceived disrespect of the Muslim holy book.
Thankfully, according to a source familiar with the matter, no embassy staff were harmed during the incident. The Iraqi Foreign Ministry condemned the attack and pledged to swiftly investigate and hold the perpetrators accountable.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed that the embassy staff in Baghdad are safe and in regular contact with the ministry. They emphasized that it is the responsibility of the Iraqi authorities to protect diplomatic missions and personnel.
The demonstration was organized by supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr response reports second planned Quran burning in Sweden. The protesters were reacting to an application that Swedish police granted for a public meeting outside the Iraqi embassy in Stockholm, where the applicant sought to burn the Quran and the Iraqi flag.
Videos posted on the Telegram group linked to Muqtada Sadr showed protesters gathering around the embassy in the early hours of the morning, chanting slogans in support of Sadr and eventually storming the embassy complex. Smoke was seen rising from a building inside.
Sadr had previously called for protests against Sweden after a Quran burning incident in Stockholm involving an extremist. Two major protests had already taken place outside the Swedish embassy in Baghdad in response to that event.