Indonesia condemns Danish video mocking Muhammad

"We formally delivered a strong condemnation of the cartoon incident again to Denmark," says Foreign Ministry spokesman.

October 11, 2006 07:01
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Predominantly Muslim Indonesia has formally condemned a video showing right-wing youths in Denmark mocking the Prophet Muhammad, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. A high-ranking Foreign Ministry official summoned Danish Ambassador Niels Erik Andersen on Tuesday, and the diplomat later discussed the matter by telephone with Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda, Foreign Ministry spokesman Desra Percaya said. The video of the Danish People's Party Youth summer camp surfaced on the Internet last week, showing participants of a drawing contest displaying an image of a camel with Muhammad's head and beer cans for humps. A second drawing showed a turbaned, bearded man next to a plus sign and a bomb, all equaling a mushroom cloud. "We formally delivered a strong condemnation of the cartoon incident again to Denmark," Percaya said. Indonesia respects democracy and freedom of speech, he said, but the world's most populous Muslim nation will not accept religious insults. Muslim clerics from Egypt and Indonesia protested the video at the weekend. The episode comes in the aftermath of an outcry across the Muslim world after the September 2005 printing in Danish newspapers of 12 cartoons portraying Muhammad - considered taboo for most Muslims. Four months later, the images were reprinted in a range of Western media, triggering massive protests and violence from Morocco to Indonesia. The video was produced by a group of artists calling itself Defending Denmark. In a message posted along with the video, it said it had infiltrated the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party Youth for 18 months "to document (their) extreme right wing associations."

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