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January 12, 2015

Millions march in France and around the world in support of Charlie Hebdo

Millions march in France and around the world in support of Charlie Hebdo

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Following the shootings at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, millions of people turned out yesterday for marches in Paris, in cities across France, and around the world. Reported estimates of between 1.5 and 2 million people rallied in Paris, and the French interior ministry estimated 3.7 million or more rallied across France.

44 world leaders attended the Paris march including French President François Hollande; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; British Prime Minister David Cameron; Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy; Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi; the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority; King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan; Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu; the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov; the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban; and the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba.

US Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley attended. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest responded to criticism for not sending a higher level representative on behalf of the United States: “It is fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile.” Earnest said the rally had been planned on Friday and President Obama attending the rally on such short notice presented “significant security challenges”. Secretary of State John Kerry said he already had a prior engagement in India.

Charlie Hebdo has previously published cartoons featuring the Islamic prophet Muhammed. These include original depictions and reprints of controversial cartoons originally by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Some of these cartoons were on display at the marches.

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Paris: flowers and tributes to the victims of the shooting.
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Paris march: a protester holding up two colouring pencils, in solidarity with journalists and cartoonists killed in the attack.
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Paris march: protestors holding up two giant pencils.
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Paris march: more protestors holding up giant pencils.
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Paris march: marchers fill the street.
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Paris march: more marchers filling the streets.
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Paris march.
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Paris march: marchers moving up Boulevard Beaumarchais.
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Paris march: marchers fill the platform at the Miromesnil Métro station.
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Bordeaux rally.
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Rally in Bourg-en-Bresse.
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Rally in Chambéry.
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Rally in Lyon.
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Rally in Rennes.
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A sign at the march in Rennes showing a number of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
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Rally in Rennes.
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Rally in Rennes.
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Rally at the Place Royale in Reims.
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French flag projected on to the side of the National Gallery in London as a sign of solidarity.
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Signs, pens, sketch pads and cartoons left as a memorial in Trafalgar Square in London.
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A pen held up as part of the rally in London’s Trafalgar Square.
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A man holding both a French and American flag at a rally in Daley Plaza in Chicago.
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A small rally in Cologne.
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Candle lights at a rally in Moscow.
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Snow-covered flowers and tributes outside the office of the French Ambassador in Moscow.
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At the rally in Moscow.
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Rally in Stockholm.
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Rally in Stockholm.
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A pencil in the snow at the Stockholm rally.
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Rally in Vienna.
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Rally in Berlin.
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Rally in Brussels.
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June 24, 2012

US court jails second man for Revolution Muslim web postings

US court jails second man for Revolution Muslim web postings

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A promotional poster for Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, which attracted the attention of the convicts.

A US federal court in Virginia has sent a second man to prison for online postings linked to Revolution Muslim. New York Islam convert Jesse Curtis Morton received an eleven-and-a-half-year sentence yesterday after his co-defendant was jailed in February.

Morton, 33, also known as Younus Abdullah Muhammed, wrote alongside fellow convert Zachary Chesser, 20, on a now-defunct website that promoted violence against perceived enemies of Islam. Targets included those behind depictions of the Prophet Muhammed, which are widely held to be offensive to Islamic beliefs.

Morton and Chesser threatened people including the writers of satirical TV show South Park, which had shown Muhammed in a bear suit, and an artist behind May 2010’s Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. The duo posted addresses for South Park writers, urging readers to “pay them a visit”.

Virginia-based Chesser admitted his role in court in October 2010 and received a 25-year sentence, with the discrepancy between the pair’s sentences attributed to two attempts by Chesser to head to Somalia and become an al-Shabbab member. Morton was arrested last year in Rabat, Morocco and extradited back to the US, pleading guilty in February.

The defence wanted Morton’s sentence kept below five years, and he had apologised for having “contributed to a clash of civilizations” with his support of violence. The prosecutor contended Morton had abused his right to free speech by threatening murder to “chill” the expressions of others.



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May 23, 2012

Twitter restored in Pakistan after block over Muhammad images

Twitter restored in Pakistan after block over Muhammad images

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The Pakistani government has temporarily blocked social networking website Twitter in relation to posts on the site promoting a Facebook contest involving drawings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The block was reportedly lifted after a few hours Sunday.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chairman Muhammad Yaseen confirmed that the agency had managed to persuade social networking site Facebook to remove the postings from their site but said about Twitter: “We have been negotiating with them until [Saturday night], but they did not agree to remove the stuff, so we had to block it”. During the imposition of the block, Mohammad Younis Khan, a spokesperson for the agency, explained that while Facebook had “agreed to remove the stuff”, Twitter was “not responding to us.” The “blasphemous material” was placed by those organising the competition on Facebook in an attempt “to hurt Muslim feelings”, according to Khan, who confirmed Sunday Twitter service had “been restored” on the orders given to the agency, although he did not know of any reason why this order had been made.

Facebook has confirmed that material on its website had been made unavailable in Pakistan at the request of authorities, with a spokesperson for the website explaining: “Out of respect for local laws, traditions and cultures, we may occasionally restrict [certain content’s] visibility in the countries where it is illegal, as we have done in this case”. Twitter has not made any comment other than to clarify that no modifications or removals of content occurred to ensure the site’s restoration.

Human rights organisation Human Rights Watch’s Pakistan director Ali Dayan Hasan condemned the Twitter block as “ill-advised, counter-productive and will ultimately prove to be futile as all such attempts at censorship have proved to be”, while former United States Department of State spokesperson Philip J. Crowley described the decision as “another sign of the civilian government’s weakness”.

This incident bears resemblance to one which occurred two years ago Saturday, when a court order blocked Facebook in the country for around two weeks due to a page on the site, called “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day“, asking users to upload caricatures of Muhammad. In the Islam faith, depicting any prophet is prohibited as it is regarded as blasphemy.



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May 20, 2010

YouTube, Facebook blocked in Pakistan

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YouTube, Facebook blocked in Pakistan

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The Pakistani government has blocked access to YouTube, the popular video-sharing website, citing “growing sacrilegious” content. The move comes after a Pakistani court ordered a temporary block of social networking site Facebook on Wednesday, when a row unfolded concerning a group on Facebook urging users on the popular social networking site to draw pictures of the Prophet Mohammed.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, the government agency responsible for the operation and maintenance of Pakistani telecommunications, ordered all internet service providers to “completely shut-down” all access to Facebook and YouTube from the interior of Pakistan. According to a spokesman, the agency only did so after “all possible” options had been exhausted.

The spokesman, Khoram Ali Mehran, said that they were “just following the government’s instructions and the ruling of the Lahore High Court”, and that “if the government decides to unblock it, then that’s what we will do”.

The Facebook user who created the group, entitled “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”, said that she had got the idea for the group after watching an episode of South Park on the television channel Comedy Central, in which a line involving the Prophet had been ‘bleeped out’. The site was blocked the day before the event was scheduled to take place.

YouTube was blocked in Pakistan in 2008, when material deemed “offensive to Muslims” led to restrictions. Access to Wikipedia, Wikinews’ sister project, and Flickr, a photo sharing site, were also banned, on Thursday.

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January 2, 2010

Somali man attempts failed attack on controversial cartoonist

Somali man attempts failed attack on controversial cartoonist

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An axe-wielding Somali man attempted to break into the house of controversial cartoonist Kurt Westergaard on Friday night in what the Danish Security Intelligence Service called a “terror-related” attack. According to a statement by the agency, the attacker has “close relations to the Somali terrorist group, al-Shabaab, and al-Qaeda leaders in eastern Africa.” The man, whose name has yet to be released, was shot in the leg and hand after turning the axe on responding police officers. He was hospitalized but Aarhus police say that his condition is not life-threatening.

The cartoonist, 74-year-old Kurt Westergaard, published in 2005 a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse. This, and 11 other cartoons published in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, sparked the torching of Danish embassies in various Muslim countries.

Westergaard’s five-year-old granddaughter was sleeping over at his house when a man wielding an axe and knife cracked a window, apparently setting off a house alarm. Westergaard, whose life has been threatened multiple times since publication of his cartoon, had prepared a bathroom to function as a safe room. While he and his granddaughter hid there, the attacker reportedly banged on the door, shouting “revenge” and “blood”. Police arrived in less than three minutes. Neither Westergaard nor his granddaughter were injured in the incident.

The attacker is now charged with the attempted murder of Westergaard and a police officer. “My grandchild did fine,” Westergaard told the Jyllands-Posten, “It was scary. It was close. Really close. But we did it.”



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June 4, 2008

Denmark blames al-Qaeda for embassy bombing

Denmark blames al-Qaeda for embassy bombing

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On Monday, June 2, the Danish embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked with a car bomb. The bomb went off in the parking lot of the embassy at around 12:10 pm (UTC+5), killing at least six and wounding at least 30 others. One Danish citizen was killed.

The controversial page which was in a 2005 edition of Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten.

“I think we can say with a reasonable degree of confidence that it was a suicide attack,” said Tariq Pervez, the director-general of the Pakistani Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The bomb forced the closure of the Danish embassy, as well as those of Norway and the Netherlands, which were nearby.

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While no group has claimed responsibility, the Danish national security intelligence agency PET has concluded that al-Qaeda was behind the attack. “Extremists can be inspired by the attack in Pakistan,” said PET’s director, Jakob Scharf in a statement.

“We are just trying to find any clue, any evidence,” Pakistani investigator Muhammad Mustafa said to the Associated Press. “You know yesterday it was panic here. Usually we miss important things in panic.”

“Samples have been sent to the laboratory to determine what type of explosive was used,” said Mohammad Ashraf Shah, who is in charge of the investigation. Investigators have found that the car with the bomb was a Toyota Corolla, which bore diplomatic license plates.

“One can of course only condemn it, it’s terrible that terrorists commit such acts,” said Per Stig Møller, the Foreign Minister of Denmark, on TV 2 television.

“It was to be expected that they would do something,” said Ikram Sehgal to Reuters, referring to Ayman al-Zawahiri’s recent video encouraging attacks against Denmark over the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy.

“I urge and incite every Muslim who can harm Denmark to do so in support of the prophet, God’s peace and prayers be upon him, and in defense of his honorable stature,” Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video which became public on April 21.

“This attack was not linked to any event in the country or the region, rather it was part of widespread outrage throughout the Islamic world against publishing blasphemous caricatures,” a local official told Daily Times, adding that it would not affect Pakistani negotiations with “local” Taliban, which is considered separate from the Taliban in Afghanistan.



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March 20, 2008

Osama bin Laden warns European Union in new audio tape

Osama bin Laden warns European Union in new audio tape

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A video released by as-Sahab features an audio track that is reputedly of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, entitled “The Response Will Be What You See, Not What You Hear”.

In it, bin Laden warns that the recent republication of the controversial Muhammad cartoons is more offensive than the killing of women and children and says that a “reckoning for it will be more severe.”

“If there is no check in the freedom of your words, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions,” bin Laden said. In the audio, he sought to reason with the “intelligent ones” in the European Union.

In 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a series of cartoons, most of which depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad. This eventually touched off a series of international protests and boycotts.

In February, tensions flared up again after Danish police arrested three men in an alleged plot to murder cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. Newspapers in Denmark and elsewhere in the EU republished the cartoons in a display of free speech. This was met by protests and boycotts in Muslim nations.



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February 27, 2008

Sudan boycotts Danish goods

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The country of Sudan has initiated an official boycott of Danish products, after the controversial Muhammad cartoons have been reprinted by a series of newspapers in Denmark and other European countries. Yesterday, President Omar al-Bashir expressed his concerns at a government-backed rally in the nation’s capital, requesting that all Muslims in the world take a stand against Denmark by boycotting “businesses, institutions and individuals,” adding that “no Danes shall ever again be able to set foot in Sudan,” however, no Danish emergency workers in the country have yet been asked to leave.

The crisis, which appeared to have been averted two years ago after a near-omnipresent boycott of Danish goods in the Middle East and other Muslim countries, has re-surfaced after three men were apprehended earlier this month, charged with plotting to murder the cartoonist of what is considered the most offensive caricature, portraying the prophet Muhammad with a turban in the shape of a bomb on his head. Two of the men, both Tunisian citizens, have since been expelled from the country.

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Several Danish politicians have openly suggested dropping the development aid offered to Sudan. The Danish Minister of Development understands the concerns expressed by party associates and states that she cannot promise not to take action. The strongly-nationalist party, the Danish People’s Party, has stated that any financial support to the country should cease immediately. Other politicians, especially members of the opposition social democratic party believe that removing the financial support to Sudan will only hurt the refugees in the Darfur and other poor regions of the country, rather than the government and people of the capital, Khartoum.

In addition, the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Per Stig Møller, has also stated, that Sudanese government might want to reconsider their methods, if they wish to become members of the World Trade Organization, which the nation has previously stated its interests in. The organisation does not permit consumer boycotts of other countries by its members.

Since the cartoons were published by 17 Danish newspapers earlier this month—along with a number of foreign ones—there have been demonstrations and attacks on Danish embassies and consulates in Pakistan, Jordan and Indonesia.

The Sudanese boycotts and demonstrations throughout the Muslim world have already claimed the first jobs at Arla, the main Danish provider of dairy products, who has seen itself forced to fire 8–10 employees due to lowered demand.


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February 13, 2008

Danish police arrest three in cartoonist murder plot

Danish police arrest three in cartoonist murder plot

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Scan of the cartoons as printed on page 3 of the “KulturWeekend” section of Jyllands-Posten’s September 30, 2005, edition.

In the early hours of Tuesday, Denmark’s Politiets Efterretningstjeneste (PET) (Danish Security Intelligence Service), arrested three people for their connection to an alleged plot to murder one of the cartoonists from the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy.

On September 30, 2005, Jyllands-Posten a Danish newspaper, published twelve cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. The paper solicited the cartoons for an article that explored “self-censorship” with regards to criticism of Islam. One of the cartoonists that responded was Kurt Westergaard, who contributed an image of Muhammed with a turban that looks like a bomb.

PET says that Westergaard was the target of an alleged plot to murder him. At 4:30 a.m. CET (UTC+1), in a pre-dawn raid, they arrested three men in Aarhus, Denmark. The men, two Tunisians and one Danish citizen of Moroccan origin, are suspected of planning to kill Westergaard.

PET commissioner Jakob Scharf said, “The purpose of the clampdown was to prevent a terror- related homicide. The clampdown occurred after a long period of surveillance.”

The Danish citizen has been released. It is thought that this means that the evidence against him is not very strong. However, the 40-year-old man “will continue to be of interest for the PET” says Scharf.

The two other men, said to be 25 and 36 years of age, and who by all accounts were in Denmark legally, face deportation back to Tunisia. They are due to remain in custody until a judge can review their case on Thursday. “I have no idea about what is going to happen next. The ball is in the court of PET, and they are they ones who need to start talking and explain the meaning of all this. I have no idea what the next step is,” said the public defender assigned to the Tunisians.

The government and the PET has yet to present their case in court. As a result, it is unknown what evidence there is of a plot. Also, it is unknown if the men were under orders from groups outside of Denmark, as has been speculated by media.

However, Scharf says that the pre-emptive police action “was to prevent a planned killing of one of the cartoonists behind the Muhammed-drawings.” The primary objective was not to jail or deport anyone, but to prevent a murder.

The Prime Minister of Denmark, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, commented: “Unfortunately, this case shows, that in Denmark, too, there are groups of extremists, who do not recognize and respect the founding principles upon which the Danish people’s government is built.”

Meanwhile, the editors-in-chief at the three biggest newspapers in Denmark have seen the alleged plot as a threat to their freedom of speech. These papers are Jyllands-Posten, Politiken og Berlingske Tidende. To reassert their rights they all plan to republish the controversial Muhammad drawings on Wednesday.

“We must in Danish media send a clear and unambiguous message to all, that might get the same insane thoughts, as those who would attack Kurt Westergaard,” says Berlingske Tidende chief-editor Lisbeth Knudsen.

Westergaard, who is 73 years old, has been under police protection since he received death-threats shortly after the original publication of the cartoons. “I fear for my life, when the police tell me there are certain people who are working with concrete plans to kill me,” he says.



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October 11, 2006

New agitations over cartoons of Prophet Mohammed

New agitations over cartoons of Prophet Mohammed

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Amateur footage of members of the Danish People’s Party drawing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed were aired on Danish Television last week, prompting protests by Muslim groups.

The footage shows party youth members in a competition to draw cartoons, during a summer camp in August.

There have been protests in Egypt and Iran, also by Muslim groups in many parts of the world.

Iran lodged a protest over the issue, saying it was “deplorable that the extremist elements in Danish society have attempted to sabotage Denmark’s relations with the Islamic countries once again”.

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen called the drawings “tasteless” and “unacceptable”, but insisted that he cannot control content shown in the media.

Two youths featured in the film have gone into hiding.

In 2005 there was also trouble over Danish cartoons of Mohammed.

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