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Filipino Muslims ‘behead’ effigies of cartoonists in Marawi

Feb 16, 2006
Updated 04:49pm (Mla time)
Ryan D. Rosauro
Inquirer

MARAWI CITY -- Thousands of angry Filipino Muslims “beheaded” two effigies of cartoonists and set a Danish flag on fire in a protest over the controversial caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

The protesters marched through the streets of this southern Philippine city and demanded death for the artists who drew the cartoons that first appeared in a Danish newspaper in September.

At the same time, they reiterated their demand for an apology from the Danish government.

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen had said Denmark and its people could not be held responsible for the drawings published by an independent Danish newspaper, and reprinted by other publications in a show of “solidarity for press freedom.”

This was the fourth protest in the Philippines as outrage spread across the Muslim world over the caricatures, including one portraying the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb-shaped turban.

On Wednesday, about 3,000 Filipino Muslims chanting "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is great," ripped apart and burned four Danish flags in a protest outside Denmark’s honorary consulate in the financial district of Makati.

Any portrayal of the prophet -- good or bad -- is considered blasphemous by the Muslims.

Muslims comprise about five percent of the predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines, but militants have waged a decades-long rebellion for self-rule in the restive south. With INQ7.net

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