After the arrest of three men for suspicion of plotting to kill famed Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, 17 Danish papers have reprinted the 12 Mohammed cartoons “vowing to defend freedom of expression” and in doing so, igniting another round of worldwide protests. Pakistani youth rallied in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and other places burning the Danish PM in effigy and calling for a ban on all Danish products and companies.
215 of Iran’s 290 lawmakers have sent a letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asking him to review Iran’s trade and political ties to Denmark.
Thousands of students in Cairo protested the reprinting and like Pakastani students, called for a ban on Danish goods. A prominent Muslim scholar has called for a “rational, wise and calm response.“
Thousands of Hamas supporters in the Gaza Strip have been demonstrating, demanding an official apology.
Yemen has formed a committee to write four letters to denounce the Danish papers for reprinting the cartoon.
Meanwhile, Westergaard, who has been staying at secret locations and under police protection, was asked to leave the hotel where he and his wife were staying by hotel management who cited fear for the safety of other guests.