Teen dies during protests over cartoons
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) --
Police fired in the air Monday to disperse stone-throwing protesters demonstrating over a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, triggering a stampede in which a teenager was killed in northern Somalia.
Hundreds of protesters threw stones at police and aid workers after attending a peaceful rally in the northern port city of Bossaso, sparking the stampede in which a teenage boy was killed, said businessman Mohamed Ahmed, a witness.
Protests over the cartoon broke out in three other Somali towns, as they have around the Muslim world.
Some 300 members of the paramilitary police later were deployed in Bossaso, capital of semiautonomous Puntland. Officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
In Dhusamareb, capital of the central Galgudud region, hundreds of protesters condemned the Western media, reserving their fiercest criticism for the Danish newspaper that originally published the caricatures.
"Apologies are not enough," said regional governor Yusuf Eyow. "There should be some measures taken against that particular newspaper."
Islamic scholars organized the protests in the anarchic country where fundamentalists are increasingly projecting themselves as an alternative to the warlords who have turned Somalia into a patchwork of fiefdoms.
Somalia has had no effective central government since opposition leaders ousted former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.
Protests have erupted around the world since the cartoons first appeared in the Danish newspaper the Jyllands-Posten. (Full story)
A children's book writer complained to Jyllands-Posten that he could not find an illustrator for his book about Mohammed. The paper put the problem to several cartoonists and published their depictions of Mohammed in September. The Danish cartoonists not only showed Mohammed's face but added such flourishes as a bomb-shaped turban.
The drawings were reprinted by several other papers in Europe or elsewhere either to illustrate articles about the controversy or to make a point about freedom of speech.
In Kenya, however, the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims pressed for punishment to people involved in the publication of the cartoons, Secretary-General Adan Wachu said.
Leaders of the group met Islamic scholars and leaders of mosques and other organizations to rally support for countrywide protests set for Friday because apologies issued by the Danish newspaper and the country's prime minister were not enough to ease Muslims' anger, Wachu said.
"We are determined that they are punished. They should prepare themselves for whatever may happen," he said. "Those kinds of things are uttered by enemies of Islam and Muslims."
Denmark's ambassador, Bo Jensen, called for peaceful protests, adding that his country already has paid dearly for the protests, with reported trade loses of $10 million from canceled shipment of dairy products to the Middle East.
"We are concerned about damage done to Danish property and to Danish across the world, especially in the Middle East," Jensen said in a statement.
I live in Denmark and it's the only thing that ppl here talk about!
This is going to wild...! It's gotta stop
What do you think about it..?
Edit: Plz don't post any of those stupid cartoons!