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Protests over Mohammed cartoons intensify in Iran

Discussion in 'NEWS, BOOKS, CULTURE' started by bolanle, Feb 7, 2006.

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  1. bolanle

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    TEHRAN (AFP) - Protests over the printing in European papers of cartoons portraying the Prophet Mohammed intensified in Iran, with the regime halting trade with Denmark and demonstrators smashing the facade of Austria's embassy in Tehran.

    Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also lashed out at the offending newspapers, which have carried the drawings in the name of freedom of expression, as "prisoners of a bunch of blood-sucking Zionists." Commerce Minister Masoud Mir-Kazemi announced a ban on Danish imports as well as any other business dealings with the country "until further notice," and added that Danish-registered ships entering Iranian ports would also be charged "very heavy" fees.

    He said annual trade between the two countries amounted to 280 million dollars, but added that "since the balance is extremely negative, Iran will not be harmed by this decision." The measure is in line with Ahmadinejad's order for contracts with countries where the media have carried the cartoons to be cancelled, and Mir-Kazemi suggested other countries could also be targeted.

    A 300-strong crowd -- mainly student members of the hardline Basij militia -- torched the facade of a building housing the Austrian embassy and pelted the mission with stones, firecrackers and eggs, smashing all of its windows.

    Police firefighters were on hand to quickly douse the flames and around 100 anti-riot police also prevented the crowd from getting too close. An Austrian foreign ministry statement said nobody was injured in the attack. The flags of several members of the European Union -- whose presidency Austria presently holds -- were also set alight. Scores of protestors, some armed with iron rods that could be used as battering rams, also massed outside the Danish embassy.


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060206/wl_mideast_afp/europeislammediairan_060206175133
     
  2. vince

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    Freedom of speech has resulted in freedom of physical expressions of the most extreme.
     
  3. bolanle

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    What's the fuss?

    Okay I don't wanna be stepping on anybodies feet but how come everything that involved "most" muslims is always ending in violence or whatsoever. Do not get me wrong, half of my fam is is muslim or has origin and i have muslim friends too. Xtians get dissed all the way, the make jokes about Christ but you never see any xtians burn embassies or whatsoever. I really don't understand sha...can anybody shed light into this for me?
     
  4. OlaMichael

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    It's amazing how this whole cartoon thing has has led to so much atrocity around the world! In the UK, some came out demonstrating against the publication of the cartoon dressed as suicide bombers etc with placades that were proving the very stereotypes they were campaigning against!

    A Muslim guy gave a very Objective report on ITV news last night. In the report, he said he was appalled at how a lot of Muslims reacted to the act of portraying the prophet in cartoons. He mentioned how that the Christian faith has undergone all forms of abuse from all walks of life, from portraying Jesus as a homosexual, to making mockery of the last supper, to Jerry Springer taking the mickey etc and Yet Christians don't react the way the muslims have done and yet christianity continues to live.

    He said it was high time for Muslims to realise that sometimes their actions at such times only goes to confirm the very things they seem to be fighting against. Basically, he said Muslims should realise that such things (e.g. the publication of the cartoons) really have no lasting damagin impact on their faith but their negative reactions at such time does more damage to their faith than anything else!
     
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    some of the musilm are not educated
     
  6. bolanle

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    does it really have something to do with education?? Am sure some of them know exactly what they are doing and then they complain when they say "Muslims are terrorists, are these and that...."
     
  7. khamileon

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    Something Moslems should really think about
     
  8. vince

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    Where are the muslims/arabs on this webboard?
    Interesting thing - Yoruba muslims don't act crazy by such things.Could this be because they are not arabs?
    According to what i have been able to gether in numerous TV talks about this issue,the extreme reactions go beyond just religion.These arabs/muslims believe that the west have insulted,not only their religion,but their tradition and culture,hence their self esteem as human beings.
    Some top politicians and academics in europe even term this as the "clash of the civilizations",rather than the clash of religions.
    BTW,the arabs have always been known to wear their emotions on their sleeves.There is nothing like emotional control or anger management when it comes to their religion.
     
  9. bolanle

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    That's not an excuse for setting embassies on fire jare. What should jewish people say or even black people...there are so many tribes that have been insulted back in the days but these peeps always overdo things. Am not saying other tribes are better tho.
     
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    :roll :roll :roll Nnam maybe u should go into comedy.... because I bin think say na only Onyinbo type of comedy u sabi.

    Anyway na when be ya birthday?? ....e get one book wey I wan try get for you...oya holla
     
  11. vince

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    We are more controlled than they are,atleast in matters of religion.Have you ever seen a yoruba muslim going bunkers over anything such as this?No.
     
  12. bolanle

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    :sd2:
    You no forget him bday but mine....i pity Otunba already
     
  13. vince

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    Next month,khami.On the 9th.
     
  14. bolanle

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    Egbon, I hope you did not forget what tomorrow is gon be abi? And yes I expect something and do not give me any excuse like last yr o!
     
  15. vince

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    Remind me.
     
  16. bolanle

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    Tomorrow is my birthday and that is something i have been shouting for the past 1 month :) you still have time sha, shops close by 7 action-s:
     
  17. vince

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    You did not shout in my direction,bolanle.Na now you come dey tell me?Anyway,now i know.
     
  18. bolanle

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    Yes I did...especially in the thread you totally neglected. The thread with ya name VINCE :D
     
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    E be like say na by force o...
     
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