Group shows Muhammad cartoon at mosque

2012-08-18 17:01

Berlin - A far-right group displayed a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad outside a Berlin mosque on Saturday amid a heavy police presence, while far-leftists and anti-Nazis staged a counter-demonstration.

The protest by about 50 militants of the Pro Deutschland group aimed at Islamist extremists went ahead after a court allowed them to brandish copies of cartoons whose original appearance in Denmark sparked violent reactions across the globe.

Islamic law prohibits depictions of the prophet.

The administrative court in the German capital rejected on Thursday a complaint filed by three mosque congregations "to prevent the citizens' movement Pro Deutschland from showing so-called Muhammad caricatures in front of their premises".

It said the cartoons were protected as "artistic freedom" and could not legally be considered as abuse of a religious group.

"Simply showing the Muhammad cartoons does not qualify as a call to hatred or violence against a specific segment of the population," the court said.

Bracing for clashes

Pro Deutschland activists rallied outside a mosque reputed to be a hotbed of the radical Islamic Salafist community on Saturday carrying a placard reading "Stop Islamisation" as well as the cartoon.

They planned to do the same outside two other mosques in the working-class district of Wedding and protest outside squats held by the extreme left on Sunday.

Police were bracing for clashes at the Berlin demonstrations after violence broke out during similar rallies by the extreme right against Salafists in May in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Authorities estimate there are about 2 500 Salafists in Germany. They espouse an austere form of Sunni Islam, but officials in Germany accuse them of also condoning violence against state institutions.

In June Germany banned a Salafist group and hundreds of police raided more than 70 homes, schools and mosques across the country in a clamp-down on "dangerous extremists".

  • ambauli - 2012-08-18 17:35

    How dare they?! Anyone who goes against the tenets of the peaceful and loving islam must be killed, violently!!

      jaap.kotze - 2012-08-18 17:47

      Paeaceful and loving. Kill violently, in one sentence>

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-08-18 18:04

      I understood the sarcasm

      steve.dupreez - 2012-08-18 18:33

      @nutti.Za - sadly it is not sarcasm...

      craig.moir.14 - 2012-08-18 18:42

      I like your sense of humour bro!

      ambauli - 2012-08-18 18:42

      Sarcasm is lost on the interwebs. . .*sighs*

      marius.koen.16 - 2012-08-18 19:21

      Reading your comment I am so thankful I am not a part of your religion.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-18 19:42

      All the sarcasm aside - its just plain stupid to incite people to violence. I'm certainly not pro-Islam, but why provoke people by attacking what is sacred to them? Allow them to believe what they want.

      carel.venter.9 - 2012-08-18 20:46

      I think it was funny. Good one. Few idiots on this site who try so hard to be politically correct they’re making fools of themselves.

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-08-18 21:00

      Spot on Ambauli

      michangel.justice - 2012-08-18 21:37

      What u mean to say is, " Everyone must accept that islam is the only true religion?" Yip the would be just great, the whole world at war, nation against nation, brother against brother. Total annihilation of all mankind. Perfect, and the last man standing will be "OUR SAVIOUR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST".

      markdoubleu - 2012-08-18 21:48

      @ambauli That made me smile. Thanks :) I'm worried that the sarcasm is lost on most... There are just too many stupid people around, methinks (thumbs downers... I'm talking about you). @squeegee So your position is that people who object to a historically violent religion that is being brought into their country by immigrants do not have the right to make their objections known because it will offend the adherents of said religion? Double standard much?

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-19 11:18

      Throw the muslims out they don't belong there.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-08-18 18:30

    They can perhaps try to enforce this 15th centry dementia in the 15th centry countries they come from but to try and export it is just another sign of their delirium. I wonder what would happen if I decided worship anything other than Muhammed in one of their countries? They'd kidnap me film my head being cut off with a butter knife and post it on the internet. So, if you don't like the smell of the bread, find yourslef another bakery.

  • steve.dupreez - 2012-08-18 18:36

    SO irretated that one must always be careful around muslems so as not to insult their prophet. They want to enforce their dogmas and disciplins but refuse to accept the rights of others. My neighbour had an all out with me because I dared to use my lawnmower while he and hisfamily were suppose to pray but on a Sunday the have parties drinking and smoking. Fkng double standards!!

  • LSokhaba - 2012-08-18 18:40

    Fools come in different packages.

  • diran.pillay - 2012-08-18 18:59

    If there is a world war 3, it will be a religous war between christians and muslims. You guys hate each other and that hate will never end.

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-08-18 19:41

    Wonder at the reaction of people ,if a group had to show pictures of hitler and the swasticas outside a synagogue.??? Double standards !!!.

      markdoubleu - 2012-08-18 22:00

      You're comparing imagined offence against an imaginary friend to reminders of very real atrocities visited upon a people. Not exactly apples and apples, is it? And let's be honest, the only reason Islam is given the consideration it is is because it's adherents have repeatedly proven that they're willing to resort to deadly violence in it's defence. If ever there was a better reason to want a religion (and all it's religiots) out of your country, I've not heard of it.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-19 11:25

      Hadjis don't have balls.

  • assamarqandiy - 2012-08-18 22:00

    If the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him were alive today he would most probably would not pay any attention to any mockeries or insults that directed towards him or to the religion if Islam. rather he would have made a supplication; he would have prayed for the guidance of those misled people...

      muhammed.s.khan.71 - 2012-08-19 00:39

      @bob.mcphearson\r\n\r\nPlease view:

      bob.macphearson - 2012-08-19 09:53

      hey ziyaad, im not the one sleeping with underage girls now am I? unlike muhammad, who did. Muhammad is the real perverted piece of sh*t here, not me.

  • yaschoeman - 2012-08-18 22:12

    Have you ever hear the say "if you think education is expensive try ignorance". People don’t read it don’t do research go and find go why are they more Muslim is this world right now they any other religion in the world before you make your self-fools. Go and read about Islam go and read why Muslim do what they do then you would have an idea why they do what they do. Peace!!!.

      rino.gong.5 - 2012-08-19 10:01

      @ziyaad.zizoo. Christians hate Muslims and you regard it as a crusade against Islam. There are many born Muslims that have turned away from Islam. Barako is one and I see you using the name Zizoo, let me remind you Zidane is another. Show the independent sources? Look at the real numbers - The Hindus are fast catching up with you lot. India the second most populous nation in the world and fastest growing predominantly Hindu. Why is it that you refer to Christians and the Western world only. In India, Russia, Israel and many other parts of the world there are religious conflict with Muslims? You believe the world fears the growth of Islam? and the crusade against Islam to decimate Islam - as you stated Obama and his crew can carry on with there crusade on islam, it just makes people more curious which eventually leads to them accepting the religion! The goddamn truth is you seducing people with your suffering. Islam is the only true religion right and the rest of us you regards as all infidels right? You lot by and large have a savage mentality. STOP STOP THE MADNESS!!!! And like Barako once said it THE WORLDS CHANGING AND WE BETTER START CHANGING TOO. This world remains free until the end of time and there'll come a time when there'll just be no religion left no more

      rino.gong.5 - 2012-08-19 15:59

      why Muslim do what they do then you would have an idea why they do what they do. We belong to the free world and freedom of speech is paramount to any constitutional democracy. And no no one is above society yet more and more it becomes evident that Muslims believe there religion and way of life is superior to others. In more ways than one Muslims are intolerant of others and wanting to impose their way of life on others. And how do you resolve the conflict by violent confrontation. You strongly believe that all of this is a crusade waged by infidels against Islam. Time after time the infidels have to fight your wars for you and feed you when you too downright useless to fight your own wars and take care of your own. Your dastardly evil acts of terror will be countered. Peace!!!

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-08-19 00:11

    Stupid in the extreme.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-19 11:21

    Most trouble spots in the world involve muslims. Philppines, Thailand, Burma, China etc.

  • Mr.Helmut - 2012-08-20 03:21

    Why do you think I LEFT GERMANY?

  • pages:
  • 1