SIAN’s front figure Arne Tumyr tells Agderposten that he will burn the Quran again. “This is just the beginning,” Tumyr told the newspaper.
On Saturday a week ago, SIAN (Stop Islamization of Norway) burnt a Quran during a demonstration in Kristiansand.
Now Tumyr says he’s going to do it again.
“Yes absolutely. This is just the beginning of a freedom movement. It is about the right to criticize religion,” says Tumyr to Agderposten.
He tells the newspaper that burning the Quran is not what he wants most.
“What I prefer is to sit down with people and discuss arguments and facts. But no one wants or dares,” Tumyr tells the newspaper.
He says the reason they burned the book was to “wake the people up.”
It was during a SIAN demonstration in Kristiansand on Saturday, November 16th, that the organization had announced that they were going to burn a Quran. They were told by the police that they were not allowed. Tumyr therefore threw a copy of the Quran into a trash can instead.
Right after this, SIAN leader Lars Thorsen set fire to another copy of the Quran.
Five counter-protesters and one SIAN member were brought in after the demonstration for, among other things, disturbing the peace and order and failing to comply with police orders.
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