Demonstration in Paris
According to Le Figaro about 150 persons claiming to be salafists and suspected of having taken part in an unannounced demonstration near the American Embassy in Paris have been arrested:
While often murderous anti-American demonstrations are multiplying around the world, 150 persons have been arrested, declared the American Embassy and the Interior Ministry. One of the demonstrators, calling himself simply Mohamed, affirmed on BFM-TV that the demonstrators were denouncing, as was the Arab world, the American film "Innocence of Muslims", that ridicules the prophet Mohamed.
A spokesman named Suleiman, 24, said the men, some of whom were dressed in salafist clothing, refuse to see the "Prophet ridiculed". According to a police source, calls to demonstrate appeared on social networks, some with a "salafist tone". The demonstration started in the early afternoon.
According to AFP, the demonstrators clashed with police. They were held back at the Tuileries Gardens. Then smaller groups broke away and surrounded the American Embassy while some demonstrators headed for place Beauvau (Interior Ministry) where there were more police forces waiting, because of the Journées du patrimoine (an annual cultural event).
The article gives a quick rundown: About 100 arrests, one or two were kept in custody for insulting the police, four police officers were slightly injured. By the end of the afternoon, the police were still closing off traffic around the Embassy, but a group of a few dozen demonstrators remained at place de la Concorde saying:
"We have come to restore Mohammed's image. We have freedom of expression, we wanted to march like Gandhi. We ask a minimum of respect," explained Abdelnour Karzaï, 23, from the Parisian suburbs, who also said it was a "peaceful" demonstration.
Mohamed Moussaoui, president of the CFCM (French Council of the Muslim Religion), deplored the demonstration, adding that it is not representative of the opinion of the Muslims of France. "We are sorry this demonstration took place, and above all that there was violence against the police, but you must not associate the totality of Muslims in France with marginal events like this one."
Note: The explosion of rioting throughout the world is not a marginal event.
The grand mufti of the Paris mosque Dalil Boubakeur considered it was "rather serious" that salafists had "managed to mobilize a few hundred people" in Paris.
Here is one reaction from an evil reader of Le Figaro:
- Can't you see that this video (meaning the movie) is a manipulation of American ultra-conservatives two months before the election? You are naive. And I do not believe the Muslims will fall into this trap that is being set up for them: 250 demonstrators in Paris, vs three million pacifists; stop ranting about Islam: 95% of Muslims watch Western television and have the same values of tolerance and peace as we do (sic). The demonstrators often know nothing about the religion. They are being manipulated.
I wonder if George Bush or Nicolas Sarkozy wrote that comment. This is pure neo-conservative bull. And where does he get "three million" pacifists? There were officially five million immigrants in France in 1998. There may be nine or ten million today, possibly more. It only takes a small number of overtly violent persons to act on behalf of the whole. Where are the organizations of peaceful, tolerant Muslims of France, actively demonstrating against these salafists?
Below, a video in French showing scenes of the demonstration. A young Muslim named Mohamed speaks. He looks startlingly like Mohamed Merah. He denounces the movie as an insult that shows the prophet as a homosexual and says he cannot put up with that.
In case the above RuTube video does not work properly you can access it here.
Those interested can view this video in Flemish on the demonstration in Antwerp. The demonstrators said:
"We are ready to fight with all our heart and soul unto death for the beloved Prophet."
They are telling the truth. And the West is ready to die with all its heart and soul for the beloved Prophet.