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Protesters over the Quran burning enter the Swedish embassy in Baghdad.

The Swedish embassy in central Baghdad was attacked by protesters who were incensed over the burning of copies of the Quran in Sweden. They scaled the building’s walls and set it on fire.
On Thursday morning, early protesters near the embassy brandished flags and posters of Muqtada al-Sadr, a prominent Iraqi Shia religious and political leader.
Security personnel had been stationed inside the embassy by Thursday’s daybreak, and smoke was rising from the structure while firefighters put out tenacious embers, according to witnesses.
A few dozen protestors were still loitering outside the embassy after the majority of them had left.
Supporters of Sadr organized the protest on Thursday to voice their opposition to the Quran’s second planned burning in front of the Iraqi embassy in Stockholm.

According to Swedish media, Salwan Momika, an Iraqi refugee living in Sweden, organized the Thursday scheduled arson.
During the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which was observed by Muslims all across the world on June 28, Salwan also burnt pages from a copy of the Quran in front of Stockholm’s biggest mosque.
The following day, Moqtada supporters stormed the Swedish embassy in Baghdad as a result of the earlier event.
Several Muslim nations, including Iraq, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Morocco, have expressed their outrage at the incident, with Iraq calling for the man’s extradition so that he might stand trial there.

Swedish police had granted Momika a permit in line with the country’s free speech protections, but authorities later said they had opened an investigation over “agitation against an ethnic group”, noting that Momika had burned pages from the Islamic holy book very close to the mosque.

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