Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who is believed to have been the intended target of one of the Copenhagen shootings in February, says police have told him he can never return to his home in southern Sweden.
The Local Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who gained international notoriety for a cartoon portraying the Prophet Muhammad as a dog, emerged unscathed from a deadly attack in a Copenhagen last month, the latest in a string of death threats against him.
Vilks was speaking at a debate on Islam and freedom of expression when a gunman fired a volley of shots into the Krudttønden cultural centre, leaving a 55-year-old man dead and three police officers wounded. The 68-year-old artist has also survived a foiled assassination plot and other attacks since his drawing of the Muslim spiritual leader was published in a local Swedish paper in 2007 with an editorial on the importance of freedom of expression.
Vilks, who has been in hiding since the attacks in Denmark, says he has been moved between three different locations and was told by Swedish police this week that he could not go back to his house in Höganäs in southern Sweden.
After being briefly allowed to collect some belongings several weeks ago, police supervised as a removal company packed up the rest of his possessions on Tuesday afternoon.
“Police did not want me to be there, they watched as everything I had there was moved. I had to make some quick decisions about the stuff I wanted to keep,” he told The Local’s team in Stockholm on Wednesday.
“I am still living in hiding. No one really knows what they [the police] are planning and discussing. They haven’t found a solution. They want to put me in a place where it is safe to keep me for a long time. My last house was very close to the road and you could reach it too quickly or get away. You would have needed a whole army there,” he added.
The 68-year-old cartoonist, who whipped up an outcry across the Muslim world with his 2007 sketch of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog, was already living under police protection before the shootings in Copenhagen in February. Vilks was among those attending the event at a cultural centre that was attacked.
He returned to the city earlier this month to receive a prize from the Danish Free Press Society, but has otherwise rarely been seen in public and several talks and discussions he was due to attend have been cancelled.
Asked about whether he felt his own rights were being restricted as he sought to promote freedom of expression, he said: “I am getting used to it because the most important thing for me is that I have the possibility to do my work and I do have a mini studio [where I am living] where I can do paintings and drawings.”
He said he was disappointed that “no one dares” to exhibit his current sketches and paintings, but pleased that he could make them available online. The Danish Free Press Society is currently selling his controversial Muhammad piece.
Five men have now been arrested in connection with the twin Copenhagen shootings at a cultural centre and Jewish building that left two people dead.
Lars Vilks has been under attack since his first Mohammed cartoons were published in 2007:
He says, “Yesterday in Afghanistan, Afghan muslim savages killed an innocent woman in Kabul who allegedly had burned a quran. Today I am burning a quran in support of this woman to show that humanity is more important than any book.” –Reza Mohibbi
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UNCENSORED! Shocking video has emerged of a woman being beaten to death by an angry mob in Kabul, Afghanistan. The 27-year-old victim, named only as ‘Farkhunda’ and who is believed to have been mentally ill, was savagely beaten and stomped on by a rampaging mob of Muslim barbarians after she was allegedly seen burning a copy of the quran.
IB Times The video of the attack shows the woman being battered, stamped on and beaten and struck with a piece of wood. One of the attackers hurls a brick at her as she lay on the ground, and others are seen kicking and punching her lifeless body. Her body was then taken to the Kabul river where it was burned.
Several of the men in the video can bee seen filming the attack with their mobile phones. The footage later surfaced on social media websites.
Speaking to the BBC, an eyewitness described the incident saying: “I heard noise, I went and people said that a woman is burning Koran. When I went closer I saw angry people shouting they want to kill the woman. They beat her to death and then threw her on the river side and burned her. Firefighters later came and put out the fire and took the body.”
Bystanders take video of the burning woman
The head of Kabul’s criminal police General Farid Afzali confirmed reports of the incident and told AFP: “A woman burned a copy of the Koran in the Shahi Doshamshira neighbourhood.”
The woman’s body was then thrown into the Kabul River, Afzali added. Officers arrived at the scene and dispersed the angry crowds made up of ‘thousands of people’ in the area as the incident unfolded.
The victim was accused of setting fire to pages of the Koran, however her parents have told Kabul police that their daughter had suffered with mental illness for many years and had not meant to burn Islam’s holy book.
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After first being rejected because of historic Muslim hatred for blacks, ISIS says it will now welcome Nigerian terror group Boko Haram into its terror network.
The audio message entitled ‘kill and be killed’ and released through the militants’ vast social media channels was allegedly read by an ISIS spokesperson. As well as welcoming Boko Haram’s loyalty, the speech also threatens further violence against Christian and Jewish communities according to News Week.
The spokesman, Abu Mohammed al Adnani, encourages people to join fighters in Africa if they cannot make it to Iraq or Syria.
Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, announced in an audio message last week that the Islamist terror group was going to ally with ISIS. Jacob Zenn, a terror expert who lives in Nigeria, told CNN on Saturday the alliance would make sense for both groups.
Shekau, personally took the “credit” for kidnapping 400 Christian schoolgirls (below), at least 200 of which have never been found and are believed to have been sold into sex slavery in the Muslim world.
It’s no surprise that a passionate hatred of Western values that united the two leaders from the Middle East and West Africa, but Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi also have a thirst for fame and an abundance of death rumours in common.
Abubakar Shekau and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
“Boko Haram will get legitimacy, which will help its recruiting, funding and logistics as it expands,” Zenn said. “It will also get guidance from ISIS in media warfare and propaganda. Previously Boko Haram was a sort of outcast in the global Jihadi community. Now it is perhaps ISIS’s biggest affiliate.
“ISIS gets more international legitimacy as a global caliphate.”
The happily awaiting crowd on the ground hurls rocks at the body to ensure that the man is dead.
UK Daily Mail Islamic State has released new shocking photos of a ‘gay ‘man being thrown off a roof and stoned to death. Following a trial in an Islamic State court, the man was taken to the roof of the building and thrown to his death in front a large crowd below.
The horrific act was carried out in Tel Abiad in the Islamic State capital of Raqqa in Syria. The man is described as a ‘child of Lot’ and accused of committing acts of sodomy. Lot is referred to in the Bible and the Qur’an, where it is claimed the people of Sodom and Gomorrah carried out sinful acts and were severely punished by God.
It is not the first occasion that Islamic State have published photos of such persecution. Another man accused of committing homosexual acts was thrown off the same building last month.
A large crowd of fighters and local residents of Raqqa are shown gathering to watch the horrific punishment outside the Islamic court building in Tal Abiad.
Amongst some of the bearded fighters, a number of children and women can be seen in the crowd, watching the horrific act. Dozens of men line a high wall, hoping to get a better view of the atrocity from their vantage point.
Following the announcement, the guilty man is shown being thrown off the building’s roof by two fighters. Another fighter stands on the roof, watching the man fall to his death. The victim’s legs and hands appear to have been bound together whilst his eyes have been covered by a black blindfold.
His broken body is shown lying on the ground, broken concrete and twisted metal litters the ground around his corpse.
The final photo shows the crowd enthusiastically hurling large rocks at the dead man’s body.