Burning cars makes it all better. Not better yet? Better burn more cars.
Cartoon Rage Update. As usual, the demographics of the “youths” aren’t even hinted at, beyond their being from a “predominantly immigrant area,” until the issue of the Muhammad cartoons is raised. So… are we to suppose bored, non-Muslim “youths” were rioting over Muhammad cartoons? “Copenhagen police arrest six in fifth night of riots,” from Agence France-Presse:
COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Six youths were arrested in Copenhagen for setting cars and dumpsters ablaze and throwing stones at police in a fifth night of riots in a predominantly immigrant area of the Danish capital, police said Friday.
“We’ve had six arrests so far. They’ve been charged with throwing stones at police and setting fires to cars and waste containers,” Chief Inspector Henrik Olesen of the Copenhagen police told AFP.
At least 11 cars were torched in various neighbourhoods of Copenhagen, and 10 others in the nearby town of Kokkedal.
On Thursday, 17 youths were arrested for rioting the previous night.
“We don’t know why they’re rioting. I think it’s because they’re bored. Some people say it’s because of the cartoons but that’s not my opinion,” Olesen said.
He was referring to the reprinting of a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in 17 Danish newspapers on Wednesday.
The drawing, published in Denmark for the first time in 2005, sparked several months of angry protests in the Muslim world in 2006. It depicted the prophet with a turban resembling a bomb with a lit fuse.
Protests have flared up again in several Muslim countries including Kuwait and Pakistan following the reprinting. The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas also condemned the publication.
The caricature was reprinted this week after Danish police uncovered a plot to kill the cartoonist.
Three people were arrested for planning the murder, including two Tunisians who have lived in Denmark for more than seven years and whom Denmark has decided to expel without a trial.
That decision has been heavily criticised by human rights associations and some politicians and legal experts in Denmark.