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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Sri Lankan protests against the cartoons of Prophet Muhammed

[b]Sri Lankan protests against the cartoons of Prophet Muhammed intensifies, Muslims asked to boycott Danish products[/b]

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting for Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 11 February, ([/b] Political leaders in Sri Lanka have called upon the West to stop provoking the sentiments of the Muslim community further by justifying their despicable act against Islam. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem has also warned that his community will not hesitate to continue their protests if action is not taken to suspend the reprinting of these cartoons and if those responsible continue to justify their acts in the guise of 'press freedom'.

A senior Muslim politician and one time Minister A.H.M. Azwer has called for the boycotting of Denmark products. "Muslims must stop buying Danish products, as a mark of protest against these cartoons, which was first published in a Danish newspaper," he said.

While, the General Secretary of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (the Council of Muslim Theologians) Ash Sheikh Abdul Nazar has called upon President Mahinda Rajapske to realize the sentiments of the Muslim community and condemn the perpetrator.

Meanwhile, several thousands of Muslims gathered in front of mosques to protest against the caricatures of Prophet Muhammed yesterday afternoon. The main protest rally was held in Colombo following Friday noon prayers (Jummah prayers) at the Maradana Jummah mosque, which saw the participation of many frontline Muslim organizations, both political and civil.

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