With the tension generated by the film that reportedly portrayed Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in bad light yet to settle down, more tension might be witnessed across the world as a controversial French satirical weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published a cartoon of the Holy Prophet.
The magazine carried on its cover page a cartoon of a turbaned Muslim on a wheelchair being pushed by a man dressed as an orthodox Jew under the caption “Intouchables 2”. Another cartoon on the back page however shows a naked turbaned Mohammed exposing his posterior to a film director, a scene apparently inspired by a 1963 film starring French film star Brigitte Bardot.
Street Journal found out that the magazine’s website crashed earlier on Wednesday after an apparent cyber attack.
Charlie Hebdo stirred a controversy that pitched it against Muslims last year when it declared that one of its editions titled “Sharia Hebdo” featured Prophet Mohammed as guest Editor. It sparked an outrage in which a petrol bomb was used to destroy the magazine’s office in Paris, France.
The Muslim Council in France has appealed for calm in the face of what it referred to as “an act of Islamaphobia”.
A series of protests rocked the Muslim world sequel to the movie posted on youtube. The American Ambassador to Libya was murdered in the heat of the protests while American Embassies in Sanaa, Khartoum, Cairo and Tunis were all attacked.
France has announced that it will close its embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday in anticipation of the tension that might be generated by the publication.