Two protesters burned a copy of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, in front of the Iraqi embassy in the Danish capital on Monday, potentially further straining relations between the two countries.
Protests flare up in Iran and Iraq after Denmark and Sweden allowed Koran burnings under laws protecting free speech. Protesters in Iraq The Swedish Embassy in Baghdad was burned Thursday.
The two protesters are from a group calling itself “Danish Patriots”, which staged a similar demonstration last week and live-streamed the events on Facebook.
Thousands of Iraqis demonstrated in Baghdad on Saturday over the fires in the two Nordic countries, at a gathering convened by ruling Iraqi parties and armed groups, many with ties to Iran.
Organizers of Monday’s demonstration in Copenhagen trampled the Koran and burned it on a tin foil tray next to an Iraqi flag on the ground.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that those who blaspheme the Koran should face the harshest punishment.