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article imageOp-Ed: Islamic protests over film spread to Europe

By Katerina Nikolas     Sep 19, 2012 in World
Islamic protests in reaction to the film "Innocence of Muslims" have been spreading across European cities. Over 150 people were detained at an unauthorised protest in Paris on Saturday.
Other European cities to experience violent protests include London, Antwerp, Copenhagen and Berlin.
The London demonstration was organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir, which campaigns for the introduction of Sharia law in Britain. The controversial British Muslim Anjem Choudary, who is barred from entering France, told RT:
"The Muslims are rising not only in the East but also in the West. We want Islam and we want the Sharia. People hate the Americans, and they hate their allies – and I think this is a very good turning point for the Muslims.”
Islamists protesting over insults against Propehet Mohammed hold placards declaring "America Get Out of Muslim Lands." If Europeans held placards directing Muslims to get out of Europe they would be branded racist, as they are if they object to the growing influx of illegal immigrants from Islamic countries.
Much of the Islamic world has reacted in violent anger to the short segment of film released on You Tube, considered to denigrate the Prophet Mohammed. Yet the burning of a Christian Bible by an Egyptian cleric on Sept. 11. passed largely unnoticed and certainly free of violent demonstration. The Aina. org. reported Ahmed Abdullah, owner of an Islamic TV station in Egypt, burned the Bible in front of thousands of Muslims. Coptic Christians filed a legal complaint against Abdullah, rather than resorting to violence.
Further violence is anticipated in France in reaction to the publication of a magazine containing four cartoons depicting Mohammed. France defends its right for freedom of expression in the face of Islamic opposition.
Such violent protests as those staged by Islamic extremists on European soil will only further the agenda of far-right groups across Europe. Often branded as racist for wanting to maintain European culture, the violent protests emphasize the clash of cultures between fanatic Islamists and their host countries.
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