- Cartoons about Muhammad published today in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have reignited the anger
of the Muslim world, where hundreds of protests held against a blasphemous movie
about Muhammad caused the death of 28 people and injuries to hundreds of
In Kabul today,
500 took to the streets to protest against the movie 'Innocence of Muslims' and
the French satirical cartoons.
In Pakistan, the
authorities have planned peaceful demonstrations tomorrow in honour of the
prophet and Islam. This comes after Islamist parties slammed the government for
its deafening silence over the Muhammad movie. The French magazine cartoons
could also lead to protests.
In Colombo, Sri
Lanka, about a hundred Muslim women burnt US flags and effigies of US President
France has decided to close its schools and foreign missions in 20 Muslim
countries, including Egypt and Tunisia, until 24 September.
more protests in Muslim countries but also in Europe. In Jakarta, Indonesia,
the United States closed its embassy and consulates in Surabaya, Medan and Bali.
Published in the
name of freedom of the press and satire, the Charlie Hebdo's cartoons have been condemned by Christians and Jews.
The Vatican said
the cartoons could lead to more protests.
Prasquier, president of the Representative Council of French Jewish
Institutions, said, "in this climate, publishing the caricature is a serious
act of irresponsibility."
show a naked Muhammad in indecent positions. In one cartoon, the magazine copies
the Kate Middleton's topless photo, showing the prophet with a woman's body,
magazine sold out 75,000 copies in a few hours.
from the United States and other Western countries, French authorities did not
block the paper in the name of freedom of the press.
minister Manuel Valls said satire was a "fundamental right" of
freedom of expression.
His colleague, Foreign
Minister Laurent Fabius disagreed, saying that Charlie Hedbo was being irresponsible by throwing "oil on the
the cartoons as an insult to the prophet, French Muslim groups issued
statements to be read in mosques asking Muslims not fall for the provocation,
and isolate instead violent elements.
cartoons have unleashed the anger of religious authorities in Muslim countries,
especially in Egypt.
most important Sunni university, condemned "these messages of hate,"
which, he said, "merely aim to instigate hate in the name of
Head of the
Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party Essam El-Erian said the French
judiciary should act against Charlie
Hedbo, which was attacked in 2011 for another satirical cartoon about the
leader said the Egyptian government should guarantee peaceful demonstrations,
avoiding a repeat of violent attacks against foreign missions.
have decided to take legal action against the maker of the movie 'Innocence of
On Tuesday, an Egyptian
court issued an arrest warrant against seven US Copts and Protestant clergyman
Terry Jones for their alleged role in producing movie and circulating the trailer
of the anti-Islamic movie.
The action is
symbolic but it is meant to shake up US public opinion to do something against
the movie's makers.
offender is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian-born Orthodox Copt who immigrated
to the United States. He produced the movie and put the trailer online.
His trial in
Egypt does not have a date yet, but in case of a guilty verdict, the offenders
could get the death penalty.
Lee Garcia, one of the actors employed in the movie said she had no idea what
the film director had in mind.
Nakoula, who has
already been convicted of fraud, recruited the actors ostensibly to play in a
desert movie. The movie was later overdubbed with a story about Muhammad.
The actress said
that the original movie was changed in post-production and offensive language
She claims that
she "never called the founder of Islam a child molester." Now she has been
terrorised and fears Muslim extremists.
She was also
fired from her job, "as she is now considered a target and the safety of
those in her presence cannot be guaranteed," the lawsuit states.