Danish far-right leader banned from UK over threat to burn Quran in Wakefield

    WORLD  21 March 2023 - 10:38

    A Danish far-right politician has been barred from the UK after threatening to burn a copy of the Quran in Wakefield.

    Security minister Tom Tugendhat said Rasmus Paludan, founder of the anti-Islam party Stram Kurs, had been added to the UK's immigration watchlist, according to BBC.

    Mr. Paludan had said he planned to burn the religious text in a public square in the West Yorkshire city this week.

    It comes after four pupils at a Wakefield school were suspended over damage to a copy of the Quran.

    In a video posted to Twitter, Mr. Paludan said he would travel to the city to "fight back" against "undemocratic forces".
    He claimed he intended to burn the Quran to coincide with the start of Ramadan.

    Mr. Paludan has held several previous protests in which the Islamic text was burned, with some leading to violent counter-demonstrations.

    In January he burned a copy of the Quran outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.

    That protest became part of a diplomatic row between Türkiye and Sweden - with Türkiye now holding up Sweden's application to join Nato.

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