11/09/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Malaysia: Muslim Protesters Charged After Parading Severed Cow's Head


Twelve Muslims have been charged in Malaysia after parading a severed cow's head in a protest against the planned relocation of a Hindu temple to their neighbourhood.

The 12 were among a group of about 50 people who had marched from a mosque in Shah Alam, the capital of Selangor state, located near Kuala Lumpur, to the state chief minister's office last month with the bloodied cow's head.

Twelve of the protesters were charged on Wednesday with illegal assembly and six of them were also charged with sedition.

The act had drawn widespread public condemnation because the animal is considered sacred by Hindus.

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