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November 2, 2006

Mizanur Rahman’s Danish Cartoons Protest Trial Begins; Four Arrests

Four arrests outside the beginning of the trial of Mizanur Rahman pushed the legal proceedings up a few pages in the local newspaper and international media reports. Police were injured. Rahman is on trial for stirring up racial hatreds and soliciting murder during a February 3 protest over the Danish Muhammed cartoons.

The trial is important for followers of the cartoon story because it speaks to the issue of how much the protests earlier this year were fueled by a reaction to the blasphemy represented by the cartoons themselves, the lack of apology afterwards and what that said about the treatment of Muslims in Denmark, and how much this issue was taken and run with by local organizers and leaders to serve aims perhaps not solely and directly related to the cartoons' publication.
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