Cheat-Seeking Missles

Friday, February 10, 2006

Kartoonistan Update

Here's a wrap-up of Kartoonistan actions over the last 24 hours, courtesy of BBC:

  • Punishment settles in at Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper which first published the cartoons, as its culture editor is sent on leave for an indefinite period
  • The editor of a Norwegian magazine that reprinted the cartoons apologizes
  • European censorship begins, as a Swedish internet service provider shuts down the website of a right-wing anti-immigrant party which invited readers to send in cartoons of Muhammad
  • The prime minister of Malaysia declared possession of the cartoons illegal and shut down a newspaper in Sarawak that ran them.
  • Hundreds of demonstrators in Kuala Lumpur marched on the Danish embassay chanting, "Long live Islam. Destroy Denmark. Destroy Israel. Destroy George Bush. Destroy America."
  • In the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to march on the Danish embassy

  • Around 10,000 Muslims stage a silent protest rally in Bhopal, India, carrying banners reading: "Stop all anti-Islamic activities... Do not invite disaster."

  • Hundreds of international peacekeepers and Afghan soldiers prevent demonstrators entering the Afghan capital, Kabul

  • Around 3,000 Muslims march in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, and more than 4,000 in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, in demonstrations organized by hardline Islamists

  • Thousands march in an Islamic Jihad demonstration in Gaza City

  • Nato defence ministers seek to soothe the dispute in scheduled talks with counterparts from six Arab nations in Sicily.
Oh, and Imam Ahmad Abu Laban is struttin' his stuff, a very, very happy man.