Fire burns at a window of the Norwegian Embassy, started with a firebomb thrown by an Iranian protester, in a protest against drawings of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad published in European newspapers in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006. A group of about 50 protesters Tuesday night hurled stones and firebombs at the Norwegian Embassy in the Iranian capital, marking the second straight day of violent protests against European missions over the publication of caricatures of Islam’s prophet.
Irish Examiner: Protestors hit Norwegian embassy with firebombs
A group of about 50 protesters hurled stones and firebombs at the Norwegian Embassy in the Iranian capital tonight, marking the second straight day of violent protests against European missions over the publication of caricatures of Islamâ€™s prophet.
A small fire outside the embassy was quickly contained but the protest continued, underlining Iranian anger over the drawings on a day that saw the government break all trade ties with Denmark.
Also today, a Tehran newspaper announced a contest for caricatures of the Holocaust, which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called a â€œmyth.â€
Iranâ€™s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, meanwhile, called the prophet drawings a scandal, particularly as they came â€œfrom those who champion civilisation and free expression.â€
In a speech aired on state-run radio, Khamenei said the drawings were part of a â€œconspiracy by Zionists who were angry because of the victory of Hamas.â€
However, the cartoons were first published in September â€“ four months before the Palestinian elections.
An Iranian protestor, throws a stone at the Norwegian Embassy, as another one at right holds a banner that reads from top to bottom: Death to U.S., Death to Israel, Death to Norway, in a protest over drawings of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad published in European newspapers, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006. A group of about 50 protesters Tuesday night hurled stones and firebombs at the Norwegian Embassy in the Iranian capital, marking the second straight day of violent protests against European missions over the publication of caricatures of Islam’s prophet.
Earlier in the day:
ASSociated Press: Protests Over Drawings a ‘Global Crisis’
Denmark’s Prime Minister on Tuesday called protests over drawings of the Prophet Muhammad a global crisis and appealed for calm.
“We are now facing a growing global crisis,” Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. “It now is something else than the drawings in Jyllands-Posten.”
The Jyllands-Posten, a Danish paper, first published the drawings that have sparked violent protests in Muslim countries worldwide. They have since been reprinted in media around the world.
U.S. President George W. Bush called Denmark’s prime minister on Tuesday to voice support for the Nordic country, whose embassies are the target of violent protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
“I am happy to inform you that just a few minutes ago, President Bush called me to express support and solidarity with Denmark in the light of the violence against Danish and other diplomatic missions,” said Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
“We agreed that the way ahead is through dialogue and tolerance, not violence,” Rasmussen told a news conference.
Gangs of pro-Muslim computer hackers have unleashed a withering cyber attack on Danish and Western websites in the past week, escalating their defacement barrage to coincide with dozens of violent street-level demonstrations across the Arab world in protest at the publication of a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.
The number of Danish websites alone – those carrying a ‘.dk’ suffix – knocked offline in the past week numbered 578 between 30 January and 6 February, according to Zone-H.org, a cyber-crime observatory that tracks website defacements. Hundreds more websites of European, Israeli and American companies and private citizens have also been defaced during that period, with the vast majority occurring after the re-publication last week of the cartoons in European newspapers.
‘The number is nearly doubling every day,’ said Roberto Preatoni, the founder of Zone-H.org. A team of Zone-H technicians collect and verify reports of sabotaged Web sites from both victims and hackers. The number of attacked Web servers has been at record levels since the controversy reignited last week, Preatoni said.
‘This is the largest ever attack directed against a single country, bigger than the Intifada, the Chinese-U.S. spy plane incident, and even the war in Iraq.’
Michelle Malkin: WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER
Next will be American Embassy assaults. And United States Marines reponses……..
Muhammad Caricature Watch: Syrian Protesters Set Danish Embassy Ablaze Over Cartoon