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Iraqis protest against anti-Islamic Danish cartoons

 
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Iraqis protest against anti-Islamic Danish cartoons
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Iraqis protest against anti-Islamic Danish cartoons Fri Jan 27, 1:08 PM ET



BAGHDAD (AFP) - With fiery sermons and raucous demonstrations, Iraqis called for an investigation into Danish and Norwegian publications carrying cartoons deemed offensive to the Prophet Mohammed.

Iraq is the latest Muslim country to enter the fray over the cartoons, which has seen the withdrawal of ambassadors, boycotts of products and widespread Muslim condemnation of the Danish government's stance.

On January 10, the Norwegian Christian publication Magazinet reprinted the 12 satirical cartoons as a gesture of solidarity with the conservative Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, which originally ignited the controversy in September.

The publications, who describe the whole affair as an attack on freedom of expression, have been supported by their governments and professional association.

Muslims both in Denmark and around the world have protested the cartoons, which include portrayal of the Prophet wearing a time-bomb shaped turban and show him as a wild-eyed, knife-wielding bedouin flanked by two women shrouded in black.

In a virulent sermon from the pulpit of his mosque in the Shiite Kadhimiya neighborhood of Baghdad, Sheikh Hazem al-Aaraji described the cartoons as an attack on Islam.

"They want to disfigure Islam and this we cannot accept. These cartoons directly attack the personality of the messenger of God. We say to them: they cannot attack Mohammed, nor any of the prophets," thundered the preacher, who is a follower of firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

His audience filled the mosque with their cries of "No to evil," "No to Satan" and "Mohammed we will answer your call."

"Mohammed is the symbol of humanity. He is not dead, he lives always among us through his teachings and through the sacred book," said the preacher, before calling on the Iraqi government and all Muslim states to demand an accounting from the Danish and Norwegian governments.

Following the sermon, around 100 people careened through the narrow alleys of Kadhimiyah with chants of "there is no god but God, and Mohammed is his prophet" and "Jews, the army of Mohammed and Ali will return."

Over in Baghdad's grim Shiite district of Sadr City, another preacher used his Friday sermon to call for the editors of the magazines to be put on trial.

"We demand the opening of an inquiry and the prosecution of the artists, publishers and the officials of the newspapers before Danish and European courts," declared Sheikh Salah al-Obeidi.

The main Sunni political coalition, the National Concord Front, also issued a denunciation of the cartoons, calling for the West on Wednesday, to "put an end to their decline in morals."

The Iraqi Islamic Party sent a letter directly to Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, demanding they get an explanation from the Danish and Norwegian governments.

Over 500 Danish troops are stationed in the south, along with the British, as part of the multinational coalition in Iraq.

The Norwegian foreign ministry on Thursday asked its diplomats posted in Muslim countries to express their "regrets" to their host governments about the re-printing of the cartoons.

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01/29/2006 09:41 PM
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Re: Iraqis protest against anti-Islamic Danish cartoons
Jeez, it's just a political cartoon. I have seen political cartoons making fun of Christians, the Pope or the rabbis and I've never seen any backlash or threat of violence or death against political cartoonists over 'em.

There's no sense of humor in the Islamic world!

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