Afghan protesters burn a Danish flag in Kabul, February 8, 2006.
Reuters: French weekly reprints cartoons
A French satirical weekly reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad on Wednesday and published one of its own on its front page, further angering Muslim groups which say the caricatures are blasphemous.
French Muslim organizations tried to prevent Charlie Hebdo reprinting the 12 cartoons, which were first published by the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten, but a court rejected their suit on Tuesday on a technicality.
Philippe Val, Executive Director of satirical French weekly ‘Charlie Hebdo’, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press Television News, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006 at his office in Paris. The weekly reprinted Wednesday caricatures of the prophet Muhammad that have sparked violent protests worldwide, a day after a court ruling cleared the way for their publication. Charlie-Hebdo ran the drawings originally published by a Danish newspaper, as well as a new caricature of its own that took up its entire front page.
Charlie-Hebdo ran the drawings originally published by a Danish newspaper, as well as a new caricature of its own that took up its entire front page.
Under the headline “Muhammad overwhelmed by the fundamentalists,” the cover depicted the prophet with his head in his hands, remarking, “It’s hard to be loved by idiots.”
Sales of the weekly were brisk in Paris. Inside pages showed the 12 cartoons that were first printed in Denmark and included an editorial explaining the decision to reprint them.
“When extremists extract concessions from democracies on points of principle, either by blackmail or terror, democracies do not have long left,” Charlie Hebdo editor Philippe Val wrote.
As well as publishing the Danish cartoons, Charlie Hebdo published other cartoons on its back page which caricatured other religions including Christianity and Judaism.
Sources at Charlie Hebdo said some staff had been placed under police protection. Two police officers guarded the weekly’s offices in the center of Paris on Wednesday morning.
The parking space in front of the offices was cordoned off and police checked people entering the building, where a sign said no more copies of the weekly were left for sale.
Watch out for more French riots tonight…….
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