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Kurdish poet gets death threat in Sweden

Published: 05 Jan 2011 14:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Jan 2011 14:35 GMT+01:00

The man, who lives in Värmland, has also requested that his identity be protected, local newspaper Nya Wermlands-Tidningen reported on Wednesday.

The poet received the death threat after a poem he wrote about women's rights was published in the Kurdish part of Iraq.

A mullah criticised the poem at a Friday prayer in Iraq and prayed to Allah for revenge through the death of the poet, according to a video on YouTube. The threats was made by telephone.

Police in Värmland have remained silent regarding the threatened Kurdish poet.

"An investigation is under way at this point. However, I do not know whether a preliminary investigation has begun," Tommy Lindh, press officer at the Värmland police, told news agency TT on Wednesday.

He refused to comment on what types of crimes the investigation involves or whether the man has some sort of police protection.

The police are working on a complaint that was made just before the new year.

"We can only communicate how our operations generally work in a case like this, nothing about the specific case," said Lindh.

The Swedish chapter of PEN, the worldwide association of writers, is concerned by a recent wave of threats against writers and intellectuals around the world.

"There is a lot going on like this - in China, Belarus, Russia, Turkey and so on. In the US, journalists at major news outlets have said that it would be good if someone took the life of Julian Assange," Swedish PEN club Chairman Ola Larsmo told TT.

"Suddenly, it is okay to express a threat against people in different contexts. There is a risk that we may have to get used to such a climate," he added.

Larsmo does not know the threatened Kurdish poet in Värmland.

"However, we are in contact with dozens of writers who live in exile in Sweden under death threats and the organization Reporters Without Borders has contact with just as many journalists," he added.

Larsmo does not know if any of the threatened writers in Sweden have police protection.

"And maybe I do not want to know either," he added.

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Your comments about this article

15:48 January 5, 2011 by Swedesmith
Apologies in advance....

A poet wrote a sonnet

That p1ssed off Mohammad

While eating his kurdish whey

So a bunch of Iraquis

Planned to attack he

And blow his @ss away.
16:02 January 5, 2011 by jbat
you are certainly not swedish right Swedesmith?

What a faker! lol...
16:38 January 5, 2011 by Dave N
According to Islamic Hadith, Mohammad himself had poets assassinated - so they're just following in the footsteps of their "Perfect Man." And what could be wrong about that?
16:42 January 5, 2011 by Swedesmith
@ jbat

A faker as a poet or a Swede?
18:00 January 5, 2011 by calebian22
Swedesmith,

A faker as a poet. ;-)
21:25 January 5, 2011 by dt804a
A Canadian Muslim immigrant from Pakistan, Tarek Fatah, has written a book entitled "Chasing a Mirage", in which he details the violence perpetrated by Muslims in the name of Islam since Day 1. This book makes a sobering read, especially because it is written by a Muslim. Tarek Fatah notes, for example, that after Mohammad's death in 632 AD, Muslims were led by four "Rightly Guided Caliphs" (al Khulafa ur Rashidun), three of whom were assassinated.
21:25 January 5, 2011 by Just_Kidding
These Mullah's enjoy the luxury of throwing around treats while the whole world is tolerating them. At least they should be blacklisted by international organizations. Also Kurdish government in northern Iraq should fine and prison the mullah of the story if they really want to establish a democratic government.

Liberalism and liberal thinking should not stop defending itself from these Mullas. In my humble opinion, firing a missile to mulla's home is an acceptable thing to do, as I think that it was a good idea to bomb and destroy Hitler in his bunker during WWII.

An Atheist Iranian
21:59 January 5, 2011 by Israeli Jew
why so is that happening here ?

any answer ?
22:14 January 5, 2011 by know
I don´t understand why somebody provocate other without paying the price of it.

Try to provocate a tiger and till me then what will happen and the price of it.

you will become very famous.
22:33 January 5, 2011 by Ravioli
@know-

I guess that explains why the NATO military units are in Afghanistan doesn't it?
22:34 January 5, 2011 by voiceofreason
Pakistani Governor is killed for defending a helpless Christian against an absurd law, what do the "moderate" Islamic scholars say, "you will be killed if you mourn him".

It is becoming harder to believe that Islam is a religion of peace with this incessant killings. It seems Islam is all out to silence everyone that does not kowtow to its dictates.
22:34 January 5, 2011 by ajs42548
know... So you consider being for women's rights to be provocative? Are you saying that no one can ever criticize Islam for even the most justifiable reasons?
22:39 January 5, 2011 by voiceofreason
@know

What is the price of provoking a dead prophet? Is it by killing the living.

It is obvious you do not belong to this age. You are as archaic as the religion you profess.

As soon as a goat has no further place to run to, it will turn back and fight. By this I mean that all those docile people muslims are killing now will soon rise up against their oppression and there will be no stopping them
23:54 January 5, 2011 by locaxy
@know

Way to reinforce stereotypes!
00:08 January 6, 2011 by jbat
Swedesmith...

All about and from you... :-)
00:15 January 6, 2011 by Chickybee
Islam - is there not a day that goes by that is not without a reference to Islam and fatwa, suicide bombings or death? Wake up time Europe and Sweden in particular. Moderate Muslims are dealt with severely - that's why they are frightened.
00:28 January 6, 2011 by superturbo
Ahh,,, the religion of "peace" strikes back again ...
01:28 January 6, 2011 by harrylatour
Speaking as an old English man and seeing all the events of the past few years regarding one particular religion,,i am telling you all,,,,these nut job Mullahs are going to get a lot of people killed.Moderate Muslims must embrace the laws of their adopted countries and bring these evil liars down.Remember that you now live in a country that is governed by secular LAW and not DOGMA.
07:26 January 6, 2011 by my5cents
there are no "correct" or "right" religions!

They are all WRONG!

watch these movies if you dare!

zeitgeistmovie. com
09:32 January 6, 2011 by andrewsrocks
so, is this going on for 1000 years now?

regards,
09:44 January 6, 2011 by prolific_programmer
Why don't we all read the basic sources of Islam...Koran...one of my friend she read it in detail and did not find anything bad and now she is considering converting to islam...I don't know why....
09:45 January 6, 2011 by Ravioli
And about 12,000 more are coming to Sweden this year via the insane asylum seeker/refugee policies of this once-proud country.
10:36 January 6, 2011 by samwise
@know

Most people would consider it's morally wrong if humans react like tigers, they don't believe humans should behave like animals.
10:57 January 6, 2011 by cowboykodp
Just heard that the some Coptic Christians in Egypt have suggested using Muslims as human shields. ????

Makes one think.

Could it be that religion is not the culprit?

Could it be a cultural thing?

Human life is not valued in the east / Africa / Asia/ Russia, as it is in the west.

This is the real culprit.

Despite the horrible and exaggerated news we always hear, the vast majority of immigrants to the west do absorb the host country's culture and in turn and in time the above mentioned regions will catch on.

As for me, I'll stick to my religion of "Treating others as I would like to be treated", even in hard times. Y'all should try it.... (Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, ..)
11:09 January 6, 2011 by my5cents
You have to understand their wicked think; they believe that anybody who do not submit to "Allah" is an Infidel ("one without faith") .

They are being brainwashed from birth and childhood that this is the only correct thing to believe in and 6 times a day they have to bow to their wicked tower in Mecca to be reminded about these lies. Lies lies lies - brainwashing from childhood.

There is no Allah and there is no Jesus! They have been arguing and fighting and killing each other for 2000 years. Outright ridiculous. Watch those zeigestmovies again and think it through!

They are being taught that anybody who is an Infidel can be killed and it is nothing wrong. They are building up hatred around themselves as we are not submitting to their BS.

They are taking advantage of countries like Sweden and the UK and are setting up their "camps" and little communes where they train their kids to build hate agains non-islam believers. They "train" them to brainwash them that it is better to commit suicide than . . whatever. . .

If they could only keep their own crazy ideas for themselves there would not be so much blood spilled. They SHOULD NOT be allowed to come in droves to Sweden, and something has to be done about this sympathy kick.

Someone has to stand up and take lead in the government and not be afraid of retaliation. It is not "too late" and it will get worse if they get their way and keep infiltrate our country with Moscs.

And why can we not fly our own flag in Sweden without being called a "racist". I was BORN in Sweden and I can not take the risk to have my own flag in my own back yard. It gets me so mad that immigrants have ruined our culture!

It is the TAXPAYERS that have to cover all the expenses for these guys that should stay where they were born!

New laws should be drawn up and implemented to GET them OUT. Send them home, they have no right to be leechers and mouchers of people who make an honest living and should not be at risk because their crazy ideas are being imposed on one - when they are being given assulum and refuge.

Every day we read in the news about these silly nutcakes and how they are destroying our culture. Should everyone threten to bomb something because they don't get their will and way? Baaahhhh!

Let's implement some awards to take these ragheads out. 1000:- a pop - and ship them home in a box!

I want my wasted tax money back!

This is not what I was taught in school as a kid in our religion class!

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICURE?
11:39 January 6, 2011 by cowboykodp
@my5 cents;

Did you just threaten to kill people? And your post is still up? You need to be reported to the police.

You are an idiot. You think you are so different?

You are a racist, in case you are in doubt.

As far as flags... I have a huge US flag and a huge Swedish flag in my yard, and no one has called me a racist.

Lies, Lies, Lies...
12:39 January 6, 2011 by Streja
Exactly cowboykodp.

I don't think my5 cents is Swedish. Why use five cents in his username? We still use the krona here.

All those Swedish flags in people's gardens point to something else: we have taken our flag back from the Nazis who tried to steal it in the 90's.
13:30 January 6, 2011 by Rick Methven
@my5cents

"And why can we not fly our own flag in Sweden without being called a "racist". I was BORN in Sweden and I can not take the risk to have my own flag in my own back yard."

As you are not in Sweden and most probably could not even find it on a map

it would be difficult to fly your own flag in Sweden and anyway YOUR swastika flag is banned.
15:54 January 6, 2011 by Puge Henis
"It is becoming harder to believe that Islam is a religion of peace with this incessant killings. It seems Islam is all out to silence everyone that does not kowtow to its dictates. "

Anybody who still thinks this is a "religion of peace" is totally deluded or is one of the monsters who hide behind this slogan.

Religion of peace if you do and say exactly what I tell you to . if not, we will bomb you, knife you, cut your head off in front of a camera, kill your family, maim you... and lets not forget rape your women as they are nothing but pieces of meat (http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/185130.php).

Cartoons - we will kill you for them

poems - we will kill you for them

song (under sharia law as was in afghanistan) - we will kill you for them

Dance (under sharia law as was in afghanistan) - we will kill you for that

books other than quran (under sharia law as was in afghanistan) - we will kill you

*suspected adultery ** only for women - public stoning is good enough for you!

WELCOME TO ISLAM - we are very peaceful.
18:30 January 6, 2011 by Dave N
"Why don't we all read the basic sources of Islam...Koran...one of my friend she read it in detail and did not find anything bad and now she is considering converting to islam...I don't know why...."

I don't know why either. Perhaps your friend is blind? Or never actually learnt to read. Or perhaps doesn't know good from bad? Or completely insane.

The Koran is full to the brim with instructions to kill and oppress non-believers. It even repeatedly forbids Muslims from having non-Muslim friends. According to Islam, non-Muslims are haram (unclean) like pigs, dogs and excrement. If she can't find anything bad, she's not read the book at all.
19:04 January 6, 2011 by Just_Kidding
"Why don't we all read the basic sources of Islam...Koran...one of my friend she read it in detail and did not find anything bad and now she is considering converting to islam...I don't know why...."

Women convert to Islam and of course they claim they have read the Koran. But mainly they convert to Islam to get attention. Ignoring them is a good policy.

An Iranian Atheist
11:16 January 7, 2011 by Invandraresw
to calebian22

Yes he is indeed!... Well it depends how you define "SWEDISH" ? blue eyes, blond, eats kotbullar med jam and sings smagrodarna.. Drinks like fish on friday saturday night and yells like..........!

well he is swedish citizen... so do you have objection!...
16:07 January 7, 2011 by reader in USA
Islam, the religion of LOVE.
13:52 January 8, 2011 by qed16
Death threats, bombings and terror plots... brought to you by your friendly, neighborhood "religion of peace".
02:12 January 11, 2011 by my5cents
It's interesting that my posts are being deleted - they don't want you to find out about this!

Why are you mods deleting my posts? What are you hiding?? I'm not a racist and not against any religion. Obviously the press is CONTROLLED!

Here it is again!

There is no "right" or "wrong" religion! There have been wars and fights and thousands and thousands have died the last 2000 years and more trying to convince or convert "the opposition".

Religion is just an excuse and a scam, a cover up to make money on wars!

What makes a child "believe" in something is just indoctrination and brainwashing from childhood. Your "religion" just happens to become "yours" based on the location you are born! A jewish or islamic or christian child would have no reason to turn on each other if they grew up together on an isolated island away from the brainwashing of any crazy religion. Naturally they would love each other as humans and not start to kill each other because of some phony made up beliefs what they have been told is "true".

There is no "allah", "jesus" or "buddah"! They are all scams and a reason to intentionally create conflicts and war! Why? So the elite on the planet who control money, inflation, genocides and wars can make more money. Greed and more greed is the only reason by the few that control the destiny and misery of millions.

It's time to wake up to the biggest humiliation of mankind. This has been the plan for many years and this is why it is not covered in the media. They alter it to make you think what they want you to believe. Most news channels are controlled and they even make up lies and stories to brainwash the population! This is why it is so hard to find out what the real truth is.

If you don't want to get micro chipped and submit to total control we have to do something before it is too late.

Watch these movies and spread the word:

zeitgeistmovie.com

There are only 2 emotions in humans; LOVE and FEAR. And there are many variations in between, but those are the basic ones. There are no reasons other than implanted and created that humans would hate and kill each other, based on what they believe in.

The press wants you to be in fear and get upset - this is part of the plan to create the New World Order.

Instead, we simply have to just realize what is going on and embrace their evil efforts with LOVE! The target is not "the other religion" it is the few on top that control and manipulate ALL religions. It is a tough concept to accept and it takes a while to digest.

Find out more - don't be afraid to look!

thezeitgeistmovement.com

There is a new release coming out any day;

zeitgeistmovingforward.com

- stay tuned if you DARE to find out!
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