Indonesia slams Danish video mocking Muhammad

October 11, 2006 06:58


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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.

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