Thousands gather at Trafalgar Square to protest Muhammad cartoons.
ASSociated Press: 15,000 people protest cartoons in UK
More than 15,000 people joined an angry but peaceful protest in central London on Saturday against the Prophet Muhammad cartoons that have infuriated many in the Muslim world.
Buses brought participants from cities around Britain to gather in Trafalgar Square, and they later marched through central London to Hyde Park, from where the crowd began dispersing late in the afternoon.
“Free speech cheap insults,” read some placards. “How dare you insult the blessed Prophet Muhammad?” asked another.
Speakers shouted from the podium and the crowd yelled back as the demonstration grew increasingly angry. Police said about 15,000 people were present, and there were no reports of violence or arrests. Organizers estimated 40,000 people marched.
An orchestrated coordinated event in London. But, who is coordinating these protests across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia?
“Every Muslim understands this basic concept of the centrality in importance of Muhammad to their lives,” said Taji Mustafa, a spokesman for the Muslim Action Committee, which organized the event. “So when he is demonized, the young and old are deeply affected. As long as the abuse is ongoing we will continue to rise up in protest.”
Mustafa said Muslims’ anger had been fueled by several European newspapers’ decisions to reprint the cartoon, which first appeared in a Danish paper in September, and recently by an Italian Cabinet minister’s decision to wear a T-shirt showing the cartoons.
A demonstrator protests against the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, in Trafalgar Square, London Saturday Feb. 18, 2006. More than 10,000 people joined an angry central London protest Saturday against the Prophet Muhammad cartoons that have infuriated many in the Muslim world.
Quotes from the gaggle of protesters:
“What happened should not have happened,” said Younas Yousas, 33, a protester from east London.
At the end of the day everyone needs to respect others’ religions. And we should strive for peace.”
“Europe lacks respect for others,” and “Don’t they teach manners in Denmark?”
Two weeks ago, protesters in London carried signs with extremist slogans including “Europe, you will pay. Your 9/11 is on its way,” and “Behead the one who insults the prophet.”
How do you spell OXYMORON?
This is religious fervor or the craven desire for political/cultural CONTROL.
Flap votes for the latter.
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