BAKU, February 7 (RIA Novosti, Gerai Dadashev) - Muslims in the capital of Azerbaijan took to the streets Tuesday to protest against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper and then reprinted by other European media.
Echoing a storm of criticism throughout the Islamic world, which led to the Danish Embassy in Lebanon being ransacked on Monday, the protestors carried slogans "Prophet Isa (Jesus) is ashamed of you!" and "Rise, Muslims!"
Muslims believe Mohammed to be the most holy of all the prophets and any depiction of him is prohibited under Islamic law.
The protestors in Baku tried to march toward the country's Foreign Ministry, but police stopped them because they had not been given permission to meet.
The activists read out a resolution denouncing the publication of cartoons as an insult to Islam and called for the people responsible for printing the caricatures to be punished.
According to the document, Muslims all over the world must take a hard line on the problem, as otherwise grave consequences will inevitably ensue.
The demonstrators delivered the resolution to the Foreign Ministry and demanded that the country's government assume a tough position on the issue.
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Erdogan will continue to help consolidate Islam’s influence in public life and use Islam as a political issue. It is hard to say what Turkey will do in the Muslim world, but Erdogan obviously does not need any more turmoil in neighboring countries.