S. Africa: Thousands join Muhammad demonstration

February 9, 2006 15:11


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Tens of thousands of people angered by a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad demonstrated peacefully in Cape Town Thursday and called for a boycott of Danish products. Downtown Cape Town ground to a halt as the demonstrators, many of them women and children voiced their outrage. Police estimated the crowd at 30,000; organizers said 100,000. "Don't insult our prophet," read one typical banner. "Respect our religion," read another. "Courtesy and etiquette come before freedom of the press and speech," said another. Representatives of the Muslim Judicial Council and Danish Ambassador Torben Brylle held what was described as a "good" meeting on Wednesday.

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