Attack on Swedish cartoonist's house


Afp May 15, 2010

STOCKHOLM: The house of Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who drew a controversial caricature of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), was targeted in an arson attack overnight, police said Saturday.

"The damage is rather minor, part of the front is blackened and some windows were broken," Scanie district police spokeswoman Sofie Oesterheim told AFP. "The fire went out by itself."

Police found glass bottles containing petrol inside the house which was empty at the time of the attack, which came days after Vilks was beaten while giving a lecture at Uppsala University.

Vilks told AFP he did not want to overreact to the attack but would take some precautions.

"I'll have to have a hideaway for some time, which I think is reasonable... I can probably go in the house during daytime, but I'll have to sleep somewhere else.

"We have to see if it's possible to install an alarm or something.... I shouldn't be paranoid. This could be a one-time occasion," he added.

In 2007, Swedish regional daily Nerikes Allehanda published Vilks' satirical cartoon to illustrate an editorial on the importance of freedom of expression.

The cartoon prompted protests by Muslims in the town of Oerebro, west of Stockholm, where the newspaper is based, while Egypt, Iran and Pakistan made formal complaints.

An Al-Qaeda front organisation then offered $100,000 to anyone who murdered Vilks, with an extra $50,000 if his throat was slit, and $50,000  for the death of Nerikes Allehanda editor-in-chief Ulf Johansson.

Four men and three women, all Muslims originally from Morocco and Yemen, were arrested in southern Ireland in March over an alleged plot to assassinate him.

COMMENTS (6)

Omar | 12 years ago | Reply It is true that such drawings are of an offensive nature and show ignorrance and lack of knowledge of certain individals with reference to Islam and its Prophet (Peace be Upon Him). But replying violently to such actions would only add more fuel to the (already spreading)proverbial fire which shows muslims as a violent, intolerant, uneducated and a dangerous lot. We should protest, but our protest must be more formal, in form of newpaper articles, online surveys, websites and also via other printed and electronic media forms. We have a huge frame of authentic reference by muslims as well as non muslim scholars which has shown time and again that the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) was a very forward looking and a tolerant person, who brought enlightment to the whole world by spreading God’s message. Also the fact that he was a very tolerant person, who even forgave people who had done a great deal of harm to him, is something that should be kept in mind. We as Muslims have a wonderful religion which was spread by a very dynamic and a forward looking Prophet (Peace be Upon Him). Our main task here should be to engange in meaningful dialogue and only by doing such can we make the people see what the real facts are.
Omar | 12 years ago | Reply It is true that such drawings are of an offensive nature and show ignorrance and lack of knowledge of certain individals with reference to Islam and its Prophet (Peace be Upon Him). But replying violently to such actions would only add more fuel to the (already spreading)proverbial fire which shows muslims as a violent, intolerant, uneducated and a dangerous lot. We should protest, but our protest must be more formal, in form of newpaper artciles, online surveys, websites and also via other printed and electronic media forms. We have a huge frame of authentic reference by muslims as well as non muslim scholars which has shown time and again that the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) was a very forward looking and a tolerant person, who brought enlightment to the whole world by spearding God's message. Also the fact that that he was a very tolerant person, who even forgave people who had done a great deal of harm to him, is something that should be kept in mind. We as Muslims have a wonderful religion which was spread by a very dynamic and a forward looking Prophet (Peace be Upon Him). Our main task here should be to engange in meaningful dialogue and only by doing such can we make the people see what the real facts are.
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