Protest ramps up over Muhammad cartoons

from CBC.ca archives | Wed, 1 Feb 2006

Protest in the Muslim world over cartoon images of the Prophet Muhammad is escalating after newspapers in France, Germany, Spain and Italy reprinted the cartoons.

The newspapers claimed they reprinted the cartoons, originally shown in a Danish newspaper, as a defence of freedom of speech and the right to publish.

But outrage from Muslim leaders in France and Germany and the threat of economic boycotts in the Middle East have prompted European leaders to ask for restraint from the press.

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Protest outside the Dutch parliament

Protest outside the Dutch parliament