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Row in Denmark over depiction of prophet

A new row has broken out in Denmark over the depiction of Prophet Mohammed.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2006 19:17 IST

A new row has broken out in Denmark over the depiction of Prophet Mohammed just nine months after the publication of controversial caricatures in a Danish newspaper had sparked massive protests throughout the Islamic world.

The foreign policy spokesman of the rightwing Danish People's Party (DVP), Soren Espersen, confirmed that the youth branch of his party had organised a competition for the "most demeaning" depictions of the prophet, the Nyhedsavisen newspaper reported on Saturday.

According to the newspaper, entrants to the competition had depicted the prophet in objectionable manners.

Espersen, on whose support the Danish Liberal Party-led government depends for a parliamentary majority, defended the competition. "We can make fun of what we want. Whether it is Mohammed, Jesus, Buddha or our political leaders."

Last year, the Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper had published 12 caricatures of the prophet with the justification that Muslims must also become accustomed to being subjected to ridicule like everyone else.

The publication sparked massive protests in the Islamic world four months later, in which over 50 people died.

First Published: Oct 07, 2006 19:17 IST