Danish cartoonist dedicates drawing to Charlie Hebdo

2015-01-09 15:34
Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard <span lang="EN-GB"><a href="https://twitter.com/Nieuwsuur" target="_blank">(Via Twitter, Nieuwsuur)</a></span>

Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard (Via Twitter, Nieuwsuur)

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Copenhagen - Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, known for his controversial caricature of the prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban, has offered a drawing for sale in benefit of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo attacked earlier this week.

Prints of a special edition of a 2009 drawing showing a person with a pen in one hand and balancing on a tightrope off a cliff are to sell via Westergaard's gallery, Danish broadcaster TV2 reported on Friday.

"I do this as a gesture to the colleagues at Charlie Hebdo," the 79-year-old Westergaard said.

The print is titled Je Suis Charlie/Free Speech. The slogan "Je suis Charlie," or "I am Charlie" in French, has been adopted around the world as a sign of solidarity with the magazine workers that died.

The drawing was initially made for Westergaard's own foundation that supports persecuted artists.

Westergaard's caricature of the prophet Muhammad in 2005 triggered violent protests across the Muslim world. In 2006, it was reprinted by Charlie Hebdo.

In remarks after Wednesday's attack in Paris that claimed 12 lives, Westergaard, who has police protection after several foiled attacks on him, said he "shared a common destiny" with the weekly's staff.

Read more on:    charlie hebdo  |  denmark  |  france  |  paris shooting

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