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FUEL: Magazine In France Mocks Mohammed, Riot Police Deployed, French Gov’t To Shut Down Embassies In 20 Countries Friday

Some Muslim leaders will say “peace peace”, but there will be no peace …

By Nicholas Vinocur, Reuters – “PARIS (Reuters) – A French magazine ridiculed the Prophet Mohammad on Wednesday by portraying him naked in cartoons, threatening to fuel the anger of Muslims around the world who are already incensed by a film depiction of him as a lecherous fool.

The drawings in satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo risked exacerbating a crisis that has seen the storming of U.S. and other Western embassies, the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and a deadly suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

Riot police were deployed to protect the magazine’s Paris offices after it hit the news stands with a cover showing an Orthodox Jew pushing the turbaned figure of Mohammad in a wheelchair.

On the inside pages, several caricatures of the Prophet showed him naked. One, entitled ‘Mohammad: a star is born’, depicted a bearded figure crouching over to display his buttocks and genitals.

The French government, which had urged the weekly not to print the cartoons, said it was temporarily shutting down premises including embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday, when protests sometimes break out after Muslim prayers.

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby called the drawings provocative and outrageous but said those who were offended by them should ‘use peaceful means to express their firm rejection’.

Tunisia’s governing Islamist party, Ennahda, condemned the cartoons as an act of ‘aggression’ against Mohammad. It urged Muslims, in responding to it, to avoid falling into a trap designed by ‘suspicious parties to derail the Arab Spring and turn it into a conflict with the West’.

In Lebanon, Salafist cleric Sheikh Nabil Rahim said the incident would raise tensions that were already dangerously high.

‘We will try to keep things managed and peaceful, but these things easily get out of hand. I fear there could more targeting of foreigners, and this is why I wish they would not persist with these provocations,’ he said.” Read more.

France To Ban Anti-US Protests As Film Fallout Spreads – “France has moved to ban any further anti-US demonstrations sparked by the film that has caused deadly protests across the Muslim world and beyond. As many as 150 people have been arrested in Paris after clashes broke out close to the US embassy, three police officers were hurt. France is home to the largest Islamic community in Europe.” Read more.

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