published : 2023-08-22
Swedish Official Urges Global 'Vigilance and Caution' Amid Possible Threats Linked to Quran Desecrations
Recent Quran desecrations trigger anti-Sweden sentiments among extremist groups
On Monday, a top-ranking Swedish security official expressed that Swedes living overseas and companies with Swedish affiliations should bolster their alertness and caution.
These sentiments echo in response to the recent Quran burnings that have occurred in Sweden, resulting in significant protests throughout the Muslim world.
National Security Adviser Henrik Landerholm signalled a 'heightened threat' towards both Sweden domestically and Swedish interests abroad, acknowledging a marked decline in the overall security situation.
Landerholm further elaborated, stating that make calls for attacks against Sweden have been propagated by representatives of terrorist groups; these ominous messages have not only been echoed but amplified by certain states and other entities.
Sweden, a country formerly perceived as a 'legitimate' target, is now considered a 'priority' target.
Landerholm mentioned certain 'indications' suggesting that plans for acts against Swedish targets abroad are underway, referencing recent incidents involving Swedish embassies in two different Middle Eastern countries.
In response to the escalating situation, the Swedish government and various associated authorities are actively monitoring developments, implementing a range of strategies, and closely cooperating with international partners.
The goal is to ensure the safety of Swedish citizens and interests in foreign territories and constrain the proliferation of anti-Swedish hate messages globally.
Earlier this month, there was an escalation in both the border controls and identity checks on individuals crossing Swedish borders.
A recent spate of Quran desecrations in Sweden, perpetrated by a small group of anti-Islam activists, as well as in neighbouring Denmark, has given rise to heated demonstrations in Muslim countries.
Despite Sweden lacking a specific law outlawing the desecration of the Quran or religious texts in general, the nation does not endorse such actions.
The freedom to hold public demonstrations is unequivocally protected by the Swedish Constitution, with police typically granting permissions based on plausible security and safety considerations.
Swedish officials have consistently denounced the desecrations and refuted allegations claiming government-backed permissions to burn religious texts.
The domestic security service of the Nordic nation contends that the security situation is becoming increasingly precarious, with the terror threat to Sweden remaining at an enhanced level.