Selin ATAY-TDO-Harald Furre, the mayor of Kristiansand, Norway, condemned the desecration of the Quran at a demonstration in the city by an anti-Islam organization on November 16.
While Norwegian state television reminded that Turkey's Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the attempt to burn the Koran, it was reported that another reaction came from Harald Furre, the mayor of the city where the incident took place.
Reacting from Turkey, Furre condemned the incident, assessing" the strength of a massive outburst of reaction as a result of an attempt to burn a holy book." Furre said the police, not the municipality, allowed the demonstration.
The extreme right-wing group, Stop the Islamization of Norway (SION), held a protest against Islam on Saturday and attempted to burn a copy of the Quran. SION members were prevented from burning a copy of the Quran by police. However, the group's leader insulted the scripture held sacred by Muslims by throwing it in a waste container.
In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said: "We strongly condemn the disrespect for our holy book, the Holy Quran, in a demonstration organized by an anti-Islamic organization on 16 November 2019 in Kristiansand, Norway."
"We expect that such actions to be prevented and those who are responsible to be brought to justice as soon as possible," the statement added. Moreover, "Islamophobia and xenophobia becoming ever more alarming recently is an issue that needs to be tackled immediately," it said.