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Prophet depictions shown in Berlin anti-Islamization demo

Protest held under slogan ‘Islam does not belong in Germany’ follows failed attempt by mosques to get the caricatures prohibited

Demonstrators display signs with crossed-out mosques during a protest in front of a mosque in Berlin, Germany, Saturday. (photo credit: AP)
Demonstrators display signs with crossed-out mosques during a protest in front of a mosque in Berlin, Germany, Saturday. (photo credit: AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Members of a small far-right group have displayed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during demonstrations outside mosques in Berlin, but officials say their protests have gone peacefully.

Saturday’s demonstrations by the Pro Deutschland group — held under the slogan “Islam does not belong in Germany — stop Islamization” — followed a failed attempt by three mosques to get display of the caricatures prohibited. A court ruled they were protected by laws allowing artistic free expression.

Police said a group of up to 70 supporters of Pro Deutschland took part, while a few hundred counterdemonstrators protested against them. There was a heavy police presence.

The 2005 publication of Muhammad caricatures in a Danish newspaper triggered riots in many Muslim countries. Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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