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French magazine reprints cartoons

The drawings in satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo risk stoked a furore over a film mocking the Prophet

Written by Agencies | Paris |
September 22, 2012 1:47:49 am

As violent protests over the anti-Islamic film sweep over much of the Muslim world,further provocation for the protesters came in the form of a conservative blogger’s provocative ad on jihad in New York city’s subway system and a new print run of cartoons featuring Prophet Mohammad on the newsstands in Paris.

The drawings in satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo risk stoked a furore over a film mocking the Prophet. French embassies,schools and cultural centres were shut in around 20 Muslim countries after the cartoons were first published.

In Paris,police were on alert after protests planned by Muslim groups were banned.

Charlie Hebdo,an anti-establishment weekly whose Paris offices are under police protection,defied critics to rush out another run of the publication that caused outrage and sold out in minutes.

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French media showed TV footage of an embassy protected by soldiers and masses of barbed wire in North African former colony Tunisia,where the government has also decreed a ban on protests over the cartoons.

In New York,anti-jihad ads are set to go up next week on the city’s subway system.

Pamela Geller,who once headed a campaign against an Islamic centre near the Sept. 11,2001 terror attack site won a court order to post the ad in 10 subway stations next Monday. The ad reads,“In any war between the civilized man and the savage,support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.’’

The ad was plastered on San Francisco city buses in recent weeks,prompting some artists to deface the ads and remove some of the words,including “Jihad”,or holy war.

Geller said she filed suit Thursday in the US capital

to post the ad in Washington’s transit system after the officials declined to put up the ad in light of the uproar in the Middle East over the anti-Islam film.

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