November 10, 2006
Mizanur Rahman Found Guilty In London’s Danish Cartoons Protest Trial
Ripping through wire reports comes news
that Mizanur Rahman was convicted Thursday in London for "using threatening, abusive or insulting words, or behavior with intent to sti racial hatred." The offense took place during a protest of the Danish Muhammed cartoons last February, in front of London's Danish embassy, where the 23-year-old graphic designer called for soldiers to return from Iraq in body bags, and for attacks to be made on Europe reminiscent of the September 11 attacks on New York City. Signage from the over 300 people protesting introduced as evidence called for beheadings.
British authorities will seek a retrial on a second, deadlocked charge of inciting murder. Rahman apologized for his behavior earlier this week, but this seemingly failed to impress a jury asked to look beyond their personal interpretation of events to see if serious crimes were committed.
This story is important a) because it's the first major conviction of someone involved in a Danish Cartoons protest of which I'm aware, and 2) I think it will allow people writing the histories to say that the protests were an excuse to attack western governments about more general, and perhaps more self-interested, concerns.
posted 1:44 am PST
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