Police arrested 81 people on Tuesday after a Salafist Muslim protest in western Germany against a far-right group displaying cartoons of Mohammed outside mosques turned violent, with rocks thrown at police who responded with tear gas. Around 70 Safalist Muslims showed up outside a mosque in Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), where the anti-Islam grouping "Pro NRW had set up a stand showing cartoons of Mohammed. Some were copies of the Danish cartoons which sparked global outrage in 2005.
Police made 44 arrests and confiscated a bag of rocks from a protester at the apparently unplanned protest, local paper the Rheinische Post reported on Wednesday.
Prosecutors have since opened a probe on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and disturbing the peace, a police spokesperson said.
On Monday a state court lifted a previous ban on the "Pro NRW group using Mohammed caricatures in their election campaign in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) despite criticism that the idea was pure provocation, and amid fears of violence. (...)(...more)