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German Far Right Can Display Muhammad Depictions

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Supporters of the Pro NRW far-right anti-Islam political party protest outside a mosque on May 7, 2012 in Bielefeld, Germany. Pro NRW members are campaigning on an anti-Islam platform in state parliamentary elections in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and have protested outside mosques in the last week in a provocative tour titled 'Freedom Instead of Islam'. Violence erupted at Pro NRW march in Bonn on Saturday as Salafist Muslim counter-demonstrators turned on Police protecting the a
Supporters of the Pro NRW far-right anti-Islam political party protest outside a mosque on May 7, 2012 in Bielefeld, Germany. Pro NRW members are campaigning on an anti-Islam platform in state parliamentary elections in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and have protested outside mosques in the last week in a provocative tour titled 'Freedom Instead of Islam'. Violence erupted at Pro NRW march in Bonn on Saturday as Salafist Muslim counter-demonstrators turned on Police protecting the a

BERLIN -- A Berlin court has rejected an emergency appeal by three mosques to prohibit a far-right group from displaying caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad at a demonstration this weekend.

The Berlin administrative court ruled Thursday the caricatures were protected by laws allowing artistic free expression and their display alone did not violate laws against slander nor those against inciting hate or violence.

Three mosques had filed the appeal after the far-right "Citizens Movement – Pro Germany" had said it would display the caricatures during its Aug. 18 demonstration in the capital, being held under the slogan "Islam does not belong in Germany – stop Islamization."

The 2005 publication of 12 caricatures in a Danish newspaper triggered riots in many Muslim countries. Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet.

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