Danish Far-Right Leader Banned From UK Over Threat to Burn Quran in Wakefield
Chris Baynes, BBC, March 20, 2023
A Danish far-right politician has been barred from the UK after threatening to burn a copy of the Quran in Wakefield.
Security minister Tom Tugendhat said Rasmus Paludan, founder of the anti-Islam party Stram Kurs, had been added to the UK’s immigration watchlist.
Mr Paludan had said he planned to burn the religious text in a public square in the West Yorkshire city this week.
It comes after four pupils at a Wakefield school were suspended over damage to a copy of the Quran.
The security minister told the House of Commons about his intervention after Simon Lightwood, the Labour MP for Wakefield, raised concerns on Monday about Mr Paludan’s potential visit.
Mr Lightwood said: “Far-right Islamophic Danish politician Rasmus Paludan said he is going to travel from Denmark to Wakefield for the sole purpose of burning a Quran in a public place.
“Mr Paludan was previously jailed in Denmark for his hateful and racist statements. He is a dangerous man that should not be allowed into this country.
Mr Tugendhat said Mr Paludan had been added to to the UK’s warnings index.