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- This video of a man burning a Quran was shot in Denmark in 2021, not Sweden.
Rasmus Paludan, leader of the far-right Danish party Stram Kurs, burned a Quran in Stockholm on Jan. 21, an incident that has sparked protests in the Islamic world and jeopardized Sweden’s bid to join NATO.
But another video that shows Quran being burned that’s now circulating on social media has been mischaracterized.
In the video, a man wearing a Stram Kurs hat can be seen burning a Quran before he’s stopped by several men. The men take the holy book and punch and kick the man who set fire to it.
"Some Muslims step to a man burning the Quran in Sweden," a description of the video in a Jan. 25 Facebook post says. "FREEDOM OF SPEECH can also mean FREEDOM TO GET YOUR BUTT KICKED if you step out of line."
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook.)
Danish-language signs can be seen in the video, and a reverse-image search of screenshots from the video led us to a March 2021 YouTube post that describes the incident as happening in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.
We rate claims that this video shows someone burning a Quran in Sweden recently False.
Facebook post, Jan. 25, 2023
The Associated Press, Indonesian Muslims protest Quran burning in Sweden, Jan. 30, 2023
The Guardian, Burning of Qur’an in Stockholm funded by journalist with Kremlin ties, Jan. 27, 2023
YouTube, Исламофоб устроил омерзительную провокацию с Кораном!, March 8, 2021
Reuters, Fact Check-Video shows 2021 Koran burning incident in Denmark, not Sweden in 2023, Jan. 30, 2023
Stram Kurs Lolland video, Feb. 27, 2021
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