Muslim youth in France riot over projection of Islamic calligraphy

via ‘Misunderstanding’ over Islamic art sparks near-riot – FRANCE – FRANCE 24.

A Moroccan artist on Wednesday suspended one of his works from a major arts festival in southern France after his projections of Islamic calligraphy onto a bridge nearly set off a riot when local Muslim youths saw pedestrians walking on the words.

Mounir Fatmi’s exhibit at the month-long “Printemps de Septembre” art festival in Toulouse was meant to be shown at weekends, when cordons would be in place to insure the projections could not be walked on, as this is considered blasphemous by Muslims.

But late on Tuesday the video, made up of stylised calligraphy of verses from the Koran and “Hadiths” (sayings) of the Prophet Mohammed, was projected – by mistake – onto the city’s busy Pont Neuf.

According to Toulouse Police, the reaction was rapid. Up to 80 young people, many called in from the city’s housing estates, gathered on the bridge to stop pedestrians from treading on the verses.

One woman was slapped after she accidentally walked onto the projection, police said, although some protesters claimed she had deliberately provoked them.

Police sent in a riot squad, but a local imam and representatives of the Muslim community went to the scene and successfully appealed for calm.

The projection was switched off, and after meetings with the mayor, an apology was made to the woman who was slapped.

“This was essentially one big misunderstanding,” Hassan Idmiloud, vice president of the Toulouse Muslim Association, told FRANCE 24.

Always is. Muslims misunderstand what it means to be free, to be humane. To be human.

Despite the intervention of the city’s Muslim leaders, Mounir Fatmi, who describes himself as “a Moroccan of Muslim origin”, decided to cancel the projection of his work on the Pont Neuf.

“The conditions which I agreed to for my work were not met,” he said in a statement. “The result was that my art was not seen properly and above all, it was misunderstood. I’d rather the projection was suspended.”

Fatmi added that the piece, called “Technologia”, was in fact owned by the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar.

“When it was shown there for the first time, just a few kilometres from Saudi Arabia, no one was shocked,” he said. “That people were shocked in Toulouse is astonishing. I just don’t get it.”

If you don’t get it now, you probably never will. End all immigration of those declaring themselves Muslim.

11 Responses

  1. “Forward” till all live in the 7th century… there is no fun under Islam’s sharia…

  2. The artist says”I jut don’t get it” Get what? That everything Islamic is offensive to the culture of Freedom? It’s not art. It’s propaganda. And then it’s condoned to slap a woman who was opposed to it.

  3. “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.. muslims should read it some time… :/

  4. the artist should “get it” it is not the art or the words- it is the Muslims of perpetual outrage, In KSA they have no need to act out- one they can’t without being arrested, and 2. it is an Islamic govt- they only make trouble if they know it will piss off and scare non Muslims and their govt like France- one more way to make a show of power- – any excuse will do-

    just yesterday I was reading that Muslims can wipe thir butts with Allah’s name – so busted!! no actual religious reason for this riotous behavior

    http://prophetofdoom.net/The_Little_Green_Book_2_09.Islam

    It is not necessary to wipe one’s anus with three stones or with three pieces of fabric: a single stone or single piece of fabric is enough. But if one wipes with a bone, or any sacred object, such as, for example, a paper having the name of Allah on it, one may not say his prayers while in this state.

  5. Here’s what artist ‘doesn’t get’. The moslems are in a war to overtake France for living space for more moslemites. This was a ‘battle’.

  6. How long till the French, English and other Europeans decide enough is enough. Hopefully soon or it might be too late. Vote out all those who continue to support the migration of Muslims to Europe. That’s just one good reason to vote Obama and Ellison out of office. Both of these Muslims want to turn flood America with more savages.

    • Fox, they are at the edge of being too late. I DO hope they do something VERY soon.
      I was really disappointed in for Australia about a month ago.
      They deported ALL the Muslims TWICE. They had it made, right?

      Nope, they let them back in!
      EVERY COUNTRY needs to stand together and NOT allow them into their country EVER.

  7. The Muslims are not happy!
    They’re not happy in Gaza
    They’re not happy in Egypt
    They’re not happy in Libya
    They’re not happy in Morocco
    They’re not happy in Iran
    They’re not happy in Yemen
    They’re not happy in Afghanistan
    They’re not happy in Pakistan
    They’re not happy in Syria
    They’re not happy in Lebanon.

    So, where are they happy?

    They’re happy in Canada
    They’re happy in Australia
    They’re happy in England
    They’re happy in France
    They’re happy in Spain
    They’re happy in Italy
    They’re happy in Germany
    They’re happy in Sweden
    They’re happy in the USA
    They’re happy in Norway
    They’re happy in every country that is not Muslim.

    And who do they blame?
    Not Islam.
    Not their leadership.
    Not themselves.

    THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN, AND THEY WANT TO CHANGE THEM TO
    BE LIKE THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY.
    Excuse me, but how stupid can you get?
    According to Einstein, this is the definition of Insanity: (paraphrase)
    “Doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result”.

  8. How can the followers of Islam ” The Religion of Peace ” actually expect people to believe them that it is peaceful if they want to spray paint a sign, destroy a building, or kill over a derogatory comment, book, movie, cartoon, speech, facebook photo, anything they don’t like, etc. ?

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