An open exhibition of hatred
The last week was a mad, mad seven days when logic was thrown aside, writes Vijay Dutt.india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 03:47 IST
Over a hundred protesters waving placards calling for the beheading of those editors and broadcasters who let published and aired the satirical caricatures of the Prophet and chanting similar slogans outraged even the moderate Muslims.
The community leaders obviously realise the dangerous fall-out of such open exhibitionism of hate. Even when the protesters were marching some tried to argue with them and in fact one driver of a white van even got down to argue.
Two others held up caricatures of the Prophet made by them and tried to wave them at the marchers.
Police officers prevented ugly clashes and even bodily harm by bundling away the van driver and the two caricaturists. But, the pressure of the public opinion has forced the authorities to take severe action against protesters who were inciting murder and religious hatred.
The two other events soon after the protests on Friday and Saturday have further caused concern among the moderates. One protester who dressed as a suicide bomber and was on parole after being released from prison where he was locked up for drug peddling to raise money for extremism, was re-arrested.
Then worse followed. The radical cleric Abu Hamza was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for inciting extremism and was charged with complicity in hoarding weapons at the North Finsbury Park mosque where he used to preach.
Worse the reason why July 7 was chosen by the four suicide bombers to commit atrocities on London commuters was also revealed during the trial of Abu Hamza. Three of the four suicide bombers were regulars at the Hamza mosque and July 7 was the date on which the trial against Hamza had opened.
First Published: Feb 08, 2006 20:34 IST