Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Contest winner: "I think the church in Germany has integrated really well!!"

A far-right group in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia is running a 'Muslim cartoon contest' and plans to display the works outside mosques. The move has alarmed authorities which fear it could incite violence and hurt German interests abroad, similar to the backlash that followed the 2005 publication of cartoons in Danish newspapers.

The German government has voiced concern that far-right activists in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia may incite violence with plans to hold a so-called "Muhammad cartoon contest" and to stage demonstrations outside mosques in the run-up to a regional election there on May 13.

SPIEGEL has learned that Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich warned of a confrontation between Salafists and right-wing extremists which he said could have unforeseeable consequences for public safety.
Pro-NRW, which has been categorized as an extremist right-wing group by the domestic intelligence agency, has said it plans to display the cartoons outside 25 mosques in the state.

Friedrich told lawmakers that this deliberate provocation would inflame tensions and lead to violent clashes, and that German embassies and companies operating abroad may also be affected, similar to the protests in Muslim countries following the publication in 2005 of Muhammad cartoons in Danish newspapers.

Friedrich's state secretary, Klaus-Dieter Fritsche, has telephoned the North Rhine-Westphalia government several times in recent days to discuss the problem. The state's interior minister, Ralf Jäger, said: "The so-called cartoon contest is deliberately aimed at provoking Muslims." He said he had instructed police to prevent demonstrators from protesting in the immediate proximity of mosques.

Fears That Salafists Will Heighten Tensions

Security authorities are particularly concerned because radical Salafist groups, which have been courting publicity recently by distributing free copies of the Koran in inner cities across Germany, may have an interest in fuelling confrontations in response to Pro NRW's activities.

Pro NRW showed cartoons of Muhammad on Saturday at demonstrations in the cities of Essen and Gelsenkirchen. Some 100 protestors attended the demonstrations, and they were outnumberd by hundreds of counter-demonstrators, reports said. There was no violence.

"All democrats agree xenophobic incitement has no place here," said Jäger.

Police had monitored both demonstrations to check whether the cartoons on display were in breach of the German constitution. That would be the case if they insulted a religious community in a way that posed a threat to public peace. But a police spokeswoman said no laws had been broken.

The police had stopped the demonstrators from getting near mosques, and the Pro NRW demonstrators were also banned from displaying reprints of the original Danish cartoons that had led to worldwide protests.
Pro NRW issued a statement on Sunday saying it would take legal action against the ban on showing Muhammad cartoons.

"We won't accept this blatant breach of freedom of speech and artistic expression," Jörg Uckermann, the deputy Pro NRW chairman, said in a statement.
Source: Der Spiegel

A court has just lifted the ban that prevented the PRO movement using the Westergaard cartoons. Apparently Westergaard himself is not happy about them using his name and has threatened to take legal action against them.


Reality Check said...

Westergaard also sued Wilders for using the Mo toon in Fitna. Wilders released a revised fitna with another less effective cartoon. I think last year or 2010, Wilders and Westergaard settled for something like ten thousand dollars to allow Wilders to use the toon. Westergaard is a liberal and still thinks Muslims and Islam can coexist with the West despite a Muslim trying to chop him up!

Anonymous said...

yeah definitely. we all have to die, or step a side at least, cause we really dont want upset our beloved muslims. Cause their violence and breaking laws etc is acceptable. guilt is always on side "rasistic white man", no matter what..

Anonymous said...

Without the moons and the cross on their heads it could mean anything from my viewpoint of hamas as terrorists to somebody Else's viewpoint of hamas that is the opposite of mine! It could mean the Holocaust,the Kurd genicide in Turkey,Slavery or the anti semitism that has been here for a while!

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