Interestingly, Norway just got its first Muslim cabinet member today. She, Hadia Tajik, happens to have the culture portfolio. Go figure.
Oslo Muslims protest against anti-Islam film
Published: 21 Sep 2012 17:06 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Sep 2012 17:50 GMT+02:00
Hundreds of Muslim demonstrators gathered in central Oslo on Friday afternoon for a peaceful protest against an anti-Islam film, while some 150 radical Islamists gathered outside the US embassy.
Oslo’s imams were joined in the main protest at Youngstorget by the city’s Conservative Mayor Fabian Stang, and Lutheran Bishop Ole Christian Kvarme.
“With this peaceful protest we want to maintain and strengthen our unity. As believers we understand each other,” said Bishop Kvarme in a speech.
“We’re using our freedom of expression today to show that we need to have respect,” he added.
The head of the Islamic Council Norway also spoke to the crowd in the city centre square.
“We’re here to express our outrage at the violations we’ve seen of the prophet. This has nothing to do with freedom of expression; it’s just plain bullying of Muslims,” he said.
A large number of police officers monitored the second rally at the US embassy, where one person was apprehended.
“This world needs another Osama,” news agency NTB quoted one of the demonstrators as saying outside the embassy.
In Pakistan, deadly clashes flared on Friday as tens of thousands took to the streets , throwing stones and setting buildings ablaze to denounce a US-made film that has fanned global Muslim anger.