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Recent German Debate on Islam Triggered by Tiny anti-Muslim Party - SPIEGEL ONLINE
For weeks, German politicians and media outlets alike have been focusing their attention on the country's Salafist Muslims. The reason, however, can be found far away from the halls of power in Berlin. A regional anti-Islam party known as Pro-NRW staged a cartoon contest ahead of a state election last month -- and pulled off an extraordinary coup.

...Pro-NRW then planned a series of events in the run-up to the election to display the winning drawings in front of mosques and other Muslim facilities in the state. They named the top prize after Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist who is currently living under heavy police protection due to his authorship of one of the controversial Muhammad caricatures printed in the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in 2005.

The results, though execrable, were predictable. On May 1 in the town of Solingen, not far from Düsseldorf, Salafists, many of whom had travelled from afar to take place in a counterdemonstration, became violent. Three police officers were injured as was a passerby. Undeterred, Pro-NRW continued its road show, assembling in front of the King Fahd Academy, a Saudi Arabian school in Bonn, on May 5. The Salafists were waiting. By the time the violence finally came to an end, 29 police had been injured, two of them landing in the hospital with stab wounds. The pro-NRW demonstrators that the police had been protecting were unharmed.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 1st, 2012 at 05:23:45 PM EST
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The Salafists would do well to take some drawing lessons and combat the wingers in kind. It's not like there isn't plenty to make fun of.
by Andhakari on Sat Jun 2nd, 2012 at 04:10:45 AM EST
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