February 23, 2006

Protesters return to Danish embassy in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Around 1,000 Indonesians staged a
protest outside a building housing the Danish embassy on
Thursday against cartoons of Prophet Mohammad, two days after
the Danish envoy returned to the country.

The demonstrators carried a banner that read "Denmark is
the Evil of the World." There was no violence during the
one-hour rally, watched by around 100 police.

Denmark's envoy left Indonesia on February 11 because of a
"serious, concrete threat" against the mission by militants in
response to cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad that were
published in a Danish newspaper.

The protesters came from a little-known group representing
people from the neighbouring province of Banten. They gathered
outside the Jakarta building housing the embassy, which is on
the 25th floor.

Militant Indonesian Muslims went on a rampage early this
month inside the lobby of the building, throwing eggs and
tomatoes and tearing up a Danish flag.

At least 50 people have been killed in the protests
worldwide. The protests in Indonesia have abated in recent days
and there have been no serious casualties reported during
rallies in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

The cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad violate a Muslim
prohibition on depicting religious figures, especially the
founder of Islam.

The Danish embassy was still closed on Thursday and the
Dutch embassy in Jakarta has taken over consular tasks for
Denmark until the embassy reopens.