Muslims in London Shout "Nuke Denmark" demand "beheading of the one who insults the prophet' - threaten UK despite cartoon condemnation
February 5, 2006
Protest in London against cartoons
LONDON: Hundreds of protesters, yelling threats against Britain and Europe, gathered outside the Danish embassy in London to rally against a series of cartoons poking fun at the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
The peaceful but noisy demonstration was one of several taking place around the world in response to the 12 drawings that first appeared in a Danish newspaper in September and have been reproduced by European dailies this week.
"Down, down UK" and "Down, down EU," shouted several of the ringleaders as between 100 to 150 people marched from a mosque in Regent's park to the embassy in Sloane Street, where scores more demonstrators were waiting.
"UK you will pay with your blood... We support (Osama) Bin Laden," was another chant, a correspondent on the scene said.
Police surrounded the marchers-who were chanting slogans in Arabic, paying homage the prophet – while helicopters circled overhead.
Scores of protesters held angry placards, one declaring: "Behead the one who insults the prophet."
Another said: "Free speech go to hell."
Mohammed Abdul, an electrician, rejected the argument of free speech given by many European newspapers to justify reproducing the cartoons.
"It has caused a lot of offence and now some people will take it into their own hands to retaliate – they don't know what they have done," the 20-year-old said as he waved a placard which read: "Punish those who insult Islam."
Passions rose when two Danish flags were set alight, and the crowd shouted "bomb bomb Denmark" and "nuke nuke Denmark".
Bushra Varakat, a 26-year-old student from southeast England, said the prophet did a lot of things for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
"We don't know why these silly people use these cartoons unless they were showing how much they hate us," she said. "We have to defend our prophet otherwise Allah will punish us. We will not accept this ridicule."
Britain's normally provocative newspapers have so far refused to publish the cartoons. The best-selling tabloid Sun said it had chosen not to print the cartoons out of respect for its Muslim readers while other papers said it was important not to inflame religious tensions in the country.