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Friday, 1 January 2010
Somali Shot Trying to Break into Kurt Westergaard's Home

Jerry Gordon interviewed Westergaard while he was in America last October.  At age 74, he and his wife have been forced to live under 24 hour security and have had to change residences several times. This is from The Telegraph:

The man, a 27-year-old Somalian who was armed with an axe, was caught trying to break into the home of Kurt Westergaard at 10pm local time, police said.

Police shot the man, injuring him in his leg. He was taken into custody and is expected to recover.

Mr Westergaard, 74, was one of 12 cartoonists commissioned by the Jyllands-Posten newspaper to produce caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed five years ago. He has received several death threats since.

Mr Westergaard's cartoon was seen at the time as the most controversial, as it depicted the Prophet with a bomb in his turban.

The cartoons inflamed anti-Danish and anti-Western sentiment among Muslims across the world.

Denmark's cartoon crisis began in September 2005 when the Jyllands-Posten cultural editor Flemming Rose commissioned the satirical drawings as part of a discussion on free speech.

In January 2006, after both the newspaper and the Danish government refused Muslim demands for an apology, a wave of violence ensued during which several Danish embassies were set alight, a boycott of Danish goods was encouraged across the Muslim world and violent anti-Danish demonstrations were held, particularly in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Posted on 01/01/2010 9:05 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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