Sweden’s Foreign Minister today urged a right-wing extremist group to abstain from publishing its own drawings of the Prophet Mohammed, fearing that Sweden may get drawn into the violent protests caused by Danish cartoons.
The anti-immigration nationalist party Sweden Democrats have solicited their own drawings of Mohammed in the past week, and has said it will publish them in future issues of its internal newspaper.
“It could of course have incredibly serious consequences for Swedish people and Swedish interests,” Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds told news agency TT.
She urged the party and all other groups to “show some responsibility” and not publish any more drawings.
“We have freedom of the press in our country, and everyone has to take responsibility within the frames of that freedom,” Freivalds was quoted as saying.
“But now there are apparently those who want to insult and provoke in this manner, and then I think they too should show some responsibility.”