Mr Cameron said the cartoon of Mohammed in the latest Charlie Hebdo, shedding a tear and holding up a “Je Suis Charlie” banner under the headline “All Is Forgiven”, would be “offensive” to many Muslims but defended the right of the magazine to publish it in a “free country”.
Up to three million copies of an eight-page special edition of Charlie Hebdo have been printed in France, 50 times the usual print run of 60,000, in a show of defiance to the terrorists who killed 17 people last week after targeting the magazine over its previous Mohammed cartoons.
Copies may not arrive in Britain until Friday, meaning police will be on the alert for several days for potential trouble at retailers.
A police source said forces were aware of the magazine being sold and security advice would be offered to any outlet selling it, if requested. Officers around the country are on standby to react and MI5 is also closely monitoring known extremists.
Any image of Mohammed is considered blasphemous by Muslims, and Anjem Choudary, an extremist preacher, described the latest Charlie Hebdo as “an act of war”.
He said: “I’m sure there’s someone somewhere who will take the law into his own hands. It’s inevitable.”
Mr Choudary, a lecturer in Shariah law who was arrested and bailed in September as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism, said the magazine’s publishers “know exactly what they’re doing and they know the reaction of the Muslims. It’s blatant provocation.
“It’s not just a cartoon…it’s insulting, it’s ridiculing, it’s provoking. I think it’s an act of war, quite frankly.”
Meanwhile Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, accused British public bodies of showing “moral cowardice” in failing to tackle problems associated with multiculturalism, allowing “big ghettos” to develop and turning a “blind eye” to hate preachers.http://www.
TAP – They really do want trouble. Then they’ll bring in martial law. It’s so clearly a planned 1,2,3 manoeuvre. Problem. Reaction. Solution. Let’s hope retailers in Britain and elsewhere are not dumb enough to fall for it. If I worked in a shop and the managers say sell this, I’d walk out immediately and keep well clear. People have to overrule their bosses, and put safety first, not David Cameron’s martial law programme.
This is not madness but deliberate provocation to create the circumstances that will facilitate a totalitarian state with martial law. This is what they want – more of this kind of thing –
NPP adds – Turkish President’s Stunning Outburst: The French Are Behind The Charlie Hebdo Massacre; Mossad Blamed:
The FT is confused: “Although political leaders in Turkey have repeatedly condemned the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine, a Jewish supermarket and a policewoman, a parallel narrative has emerged in the country, with conspiracy theorists blaming the murders on foreign intelligence agencies rather than radical Islamists.”
The FT is further confused that Turkey is not the only place which has dared to offer conspiratorial theories: Russia is too.
The FT is most stunned that in Russia the events in Charlie Hebdo are being equated to the 9/11 tragedy…
TAP – It’s an attempt to destabilise Europe, and start a drift towards martial law across the EU. From there wars can be easily brought into being, and the Greater Israel project in the Middle East put into effect. You can’t easily militarise a democratic Europe, so Europe has to be changed. This is an attempt to do just that.
The potential victims of a militarised Europe would include Russia and Turkey, and after that possibly China. No wonder they see this as a 9/11. Only after 9/11 could war be made against Afghanistan and Iraq. This is an attempted second leg to bring further war, initially in the Middle East but then with Russia and later on China. Democratic Europe must first be suppressed if WW3 is to happen. This is the attempt to bring about the necessary changes.