Press TV – September 19, 2012
France is to ban a demonstration later this week in protest against a movie deemed offensive to Islam’s holiest figure, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told RTL radio station on Wednesday that there is “no reason why we should let conflicts which do not concern France come to our country.”
Despite appeals for calm by French Muslim leaders, protest rallies are expected to take place in several French cities next Saturday. Ayrault, however, only mentioned banning the one in Paris.
On Sunday, France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls ordered a ban on any further demonstrations against the anti-Islam film made in the United States.
“I have issued instructions so that this does not happen again. These protests are forbidden,” Valls said in an interview with France 2 television network.
The minister went on to say that the government would fight more anti-US protests with “the greatest firmness”.
His warning comes only a day after Muslim demonstrators staged a protest outside the US Embassy in Paris and the Interior Ministry to express their outrage at the blasphemous film that depicts Islam as an oppressive religion.
French police made 100 arrests in the capital for attending the anti-US protest.
Muslims in Iran, Turkey, Sudan, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kashmir, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Gaza, Morocco, Syria, Kuwait, Nigeria, Kenya, Australia, Britain, the United States, France, Belgium, and some other countries have held many demonstrations to condemn the blasphemous film.
Angry protesters across the world demand the US government apologize to the Muslim world over the anti-Islam movie.