Sweden To Increase Security After Threats Following Koran Burnings

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Sweden’s government said it is increasing security both at the border and internally to counter the increase of threats after the recent protests in which the Koran was burned or damaged. More burnings took place on Monday in both Sweden and Denmark, which have laws that allow the burning or defacing of sacred texts in protest. The burnings have prompted renewed outrage from Muslim countries, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will not support Sweden’s NATO membership as long as Korans were still being burned there. Both Sweden and Denmark are looking into changing the laws which allow the burnings in order to help reduce tensions at home and with Muslim countries abroad.  Swedish police now have greater power to stop and search people, as well as conduct electronic surveillance as part of the increase in security.