Mohammed cartoons too dangerous for Copenhagen? – The Post

Mohammed cartoons too dangerous for Copenhagen?

Organisers say they will still show the drawings without a venue by taking them to the streets

The Black Diamond said no (photo: Jeroen Pulles)
August 6th, 2015 1:46 pm| by Luisa Kyca

An exhibition of Mohammed cartoons from Texas, which was scheduled to open in the Black Diamond on August 15, is now looking for new premises as the royal national library has decided not to host it due to security reasons.

Three new possible venues have been contacted, but the organisers fear they will not be able to open as planned, they confirmed to the Copenhagen Post. The Bornholm politics festival Folkemødet turned down the opportunity of showing the cartoons in June.

“The exhibition has already now been stopped twice,” said Anders Gravers, the head of SIAD. “We think Danish intelligence services are involved.”

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A potential danger
The event is being organised by SIAD DK (Stop the Islamisation of Denmark), which holds radical views on Islam and its impact on the freedom of speech.

The cartoons were created during a competition hosted by SIOA, a sister organisation of SIAD in the US.

The exhibition will be the first time the cartoons have been shown since the dramatic opening in Garland, Texas at the beginning of May.

During the vernissage, two people were shot dead by attackers who were later identified as being affiliated to IS.

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Organisers will show them anyway
Should the exhibition not go ahead, the organisers have confirmed they will  display some of the cartoons in forthcoming demonstrations and not give up fighting for their cause.

“It is the end of democracy if we show that we are scared. If we are not allowed to express our opinions anymore, what will be the next step? No bikinis on the beaches?” asked Gravers.

SIAD holds fortnightly demos in different cities across Denmark. There has been no word on when the next one might take place following the scheduled opening date.