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.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Oscar de la Renta Creative Genius in Pictures
Infographics: Nobel Peace Prize
During the 11th Annual Meeting to be held in Sochi from October 22 to 24, experts of the Valdai International Discussion Club will focus on whether the global community will develop ground rules for the world politics or whether it will be a game without any rules where everyone fend for themselves.