India Intelligence Report
 

Cartoon Protests in Syria and Lebanon

 

Protestors in Syria and Lebanon burnt the Danish embassies in retaliation for cartoons depicting Islamic Prophet Mohammed in distasteful scenarios. Angry Syrians also burnt the Norwegian embassy in Damascus. While the Jyllands-Posten, which published these cartoons in September 2005, did not break any laws and is protected by freedom of speech covenants, the cartoons themselves have offended Islamic sentiments. Exacerbating this development, these cartoons were later reproduced by several Western papers to demonstrate support for freedom of speech. Several Islamic nations have recalled their Ambassadors and there is call to boycott Danish goods. Western nations have warned Islamic nations not to officially support such bans. Jyllands-Posten, after a lot of reluctance, has finally apologized for the cartoons.

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