Muslims riot again after Mohammed cartoons are reprinted by Danish newspapers
A fresh round of Muslim protests spread across the world today after Danish newspapers reprinted a cartoon of Mohammed that sparked riots two years ago.
In the several Pakistani cities capital Islamabad, students burnt Danish flags and demanded the ambassador's expulsion after the Prophet was pictured with a bomb in his turban.
One crowd in Mutan shouted "Death to the Cartoonist" and "Boycott, boycott of European products".
While in Gaza thousands of supporters of the Islamist group Hamas demanded that an official apology be made to Muslims.
And last night a school in a Copenhagen suburb was set on fire along with cars and rubbish bins by angry Muslims.
Danish newspapers said they reprinted a cartoon showing the Prophet with a bomb in his turban in protest over a plot to murder the cartoonist.
The original drawing published in September 2005 sparked criticism and riots in the Muslim world because it is forbidden to depict the Prophet.
At least 4,000 Hamas supporters took part in the rally on Friday, many waving green Hamas flags and others holding banners condemning the cartoons and urging Muslims to take action against Denmark.
"Muslims must not be silent against these cartoons which are offensive to the great Prophet Mohammed," one banner read.
Most Muslims consider any depiction of the founder of Islam as offensive.
"We urge Arab and Muslim countries to exert their efforts and to use all pressure tools under their control to stop these organised campaigns that spread hatred of Islam under so-called freedom of expression," a Hamas statement said.
Masked militants also blew up the library of the YMCA in Gaza early on Friday, destroying the building but causing no injuries.
Security sources said they were investigating whether it was an attack on a specifically Christian symbol, and whether it was related to the reprinting of the Danish cartoon.
In Islamabad students chanting the slogans "We condemn blasphemy of Mohammed" and "Send back Danish ambassador”.
The protesters vowed to organize a march from their International Islamic University to a main mosque in the city next Friday if the government didn't accept their demand.
Islamic Group Fears "Bigger Conflict" Over Denmark Cartoon
ISTANBUL (AFP)--The Organization of the Islamic Conference denounced Friday the reprinting of a Danish cartoon of the prophet Mohammed, warning it could lead to confrontations between Muslims and Christians.
"By reprinting these cartoons we are heading toward a bigger conflict and that shows that both sides will be hostages of their radicals," OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, a Turk, told AFP in Istanbul.
"It is not a way of improving your rights and exercising your freedoms when you use these rights for insulting the most sacred values and symbols of others and inciting hatred," he said. "This is a very wrong, provocative way - unacceptable."
Several Danish newspapers on Wednesday republished one of 12 drawings, which had already caused bloody riots in the Muslim world in 2006, after police uncovered an alleged plot in the Scandinavian country to kill the cartoonist.
"The people who are doing this put themselves with the radicals, the fanatics and extremists who are using their beliefs as justification to hurt others," Ihsanoglu said. "This is not the way to improve relations between East and West, between Islam and Christianity." [I don't want 'relations' to improve, I want relations between THE WEST (CHRISTENDOM) & ISLAM TO CEASE COMPLETELY...]
The drawing, which depicts Mohammed with a turban resembling a bomb with a lit fuse [MY FAVORITE ! ! ! & MOST ACCURATE...], triggered fresh uproar in Muslim countries.
1) Muslims riot again after Mohammed cartoons are reprinted by Danish newspapers
2) Islamic Group Fears "Bigger Conflict" Over Denmark Cartoon