Thousands of Iraqis gathered in the center of Baghdad Thursday evening to protest against the desecration of the Holy Quran in Stockholm, Sweden.

Iran Press/Middle East: The demonstration was held in Tahrir Square in the center of the Iraqi capital. Protesters were said to have brought copies of the Quran, banners, portraits of Islamic religious leaders, and Iraqi flags.

Protesters burn portraits of the Swedish king as they rally in Baghdad's Tahrir Square.

Earlier Thursday, the Iraqi government condemned Quran burning in Sweden and retaliated against the act by opting to expel its Swedish ambassador. The government also warned it would cut ties and halt the operating licenses for Swedish telecom giant Ericsson.

The Tahrir Square protest comes hours after hundreds of Iraqi nationals stormed the Swedish embassy in Baghdad and set it on fire in protest over a planned burning in Stockholm.