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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Riots over Mecca playing cards


Kashmiri Muslim youths burn copies of an Indian magazine in Srinagar February 28, 2006. Dozens of Kashmiri youths on Tuesday took to the streets in Srinagar to protest against an Indian magazine for publishing a picture of a playing card showing an image of the Mecca. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Say what? Further research found this:
Life in the historic Lal Chowk and Budshah chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, was disrupted after youths took to streets, protesting against the publication of pictures of Muslim holy places of Mecca and Medina on a pack of cards.

As the news spread that picture of the holy places had appeared on playing cards, youths forced closure of shops and pelted stones damaging vehicles at Lal chowk, Budshah Chowk, Maisuma and Court Road.

It was however, not immediately known who has published the pictures. But youths were seen holding a paper depicting the pictures.

The demonstrators were raising slogans against the US, alleging a conspiracy to hurt the sentiments of the Muslims.

It looks like there is a market out there for offensive media, if only so crazed Muslims could burn them.

Anyone up for a game of poker?