‘Misunderstanding’ over Islamic Art Sparks Near-Riot

Tony Todd, France 24, October 5, 2012

The accidental projection of a work of art based on Islamic holy texts nearly started a riot in the southwestern French city of Toulouse on Tuesday. The artist, shocked by the response of young Muslim youths in the city, has withdrawn the piece.

A Moroccan artist on Wednesday suspended one of his works from a major arts festival in southern France after his projections of Islamic calligraphy onto a bridge nearly set off a riot when local Muslim youths saw pedestrians walking on the words.

Mounir Fatmi’s exhibit at the month-long “Printemps de Septembre” art festival in Toulouse was meant to be shown at weekends, when cordons would be in place to insure the projections could not be walked on, as this is considered blasphemous by Muslims.

But late on Tuesday the video, made up of stylised calligraphy of verses from the Koran and “Hadiths” (sayings) of the Prophet Mohammed, was projected—by mistake—onto the city’s busy Pont Neuf.

According to Toulouse Police, the reaction was rapid. Up to 80 young people, many called in from the city’s housing estates, gathered on the bridge to stop pedestrians from treading on the verses.

One woman was slapped after she accidentally walked onto the projection, police said, although some protesters claimed she had deliberately provoked them.

Police sent in a riot squad, but a local imam and representatives of the Muslim community went to the scene and successfully appealed for calm.

The projection was switched off, and after meetings with the mayor, an apology was made to the woman who was slapped.

Tense relations

“This was essentially one big misunderstanding,” Hassan Idmiloud, vice president of the Toulouse Muslim Association, told FRANCE 24.

Idmiloud explained that tensions had been high in Toulouse since Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old French-Algerian Islamist, went on a killing spree in March 2012 and was subsequently shot dead by police besieging his apartment.

Relations between the French state and its significant Muslim community have been strained in recent years by a string of controversies that have put the Muslim faith at odds with France’s secular tradition.

Tuesday’s incident also took place amid heightened tensions following publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

“Young people saw the projections and thought they were a deliberate insult,” said Idmilud. “We stepped in to explain that this beautiful work of art was actually an homage to Islam, that it was a genuine mistake to project it on Wednesday before a cordon was in place. I think, and hope, that the message got through.”

“But we shouldn’t pin all this only on religion. Many of these young people of North African origin are going through an identity crisis; they face high unemployment and communication with them is not what it should be.

“If anything, this incident has demonstrated that we need to increase our dialogue with these young people.”

‘I just don’t get it’

Despite the intervention of the city’s Muslim leaders, Mounir Fatmi, who describes himself as “a Moroccan of Muslim origin”, decided to cancel the projection of his work on the Pont Neuf.

“The conditions which I agreed to for my work were not met,” he said in a statement. “The result was that my art was not seen properly and above all, it was misunderstood. I’d rather the projection was suspended.”

Fatmi added that the piece, called “Technologia”, was in fact owned by the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar.

“When it was shown there for the first time, just a few kilometres from Saudi Arabia, no one was shocked,” he said. “That people were shocked in Toulouse is astonishing. I just don’t get it.”

Another of Fatmi’s works, projected onto the facade of the city’s landmark Hotel Dieu, will continue as part of the scheduled festival.

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  • Up to my neck in CA

    According to Toulouse Police, the reaction was rapid. Up to 80 young people, many called in from the city’s housing estates, gathered on the bridge to stop pedestrians from treading on the verses.”

    City’s housing estates? As in Section 8? Brillant, allow the invaders in and pay for their housing…sounds like CA.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    “..this incident has demonstrated that we need to increase our dialogue with these young people”

    The only dialogue these people will understand from us “Infidels”[sic] is “ALLAHU AKBAR”!

  • Screw it, I used to think burning the quran was disrespectful but I no longer care.  If it inflames the psychotic muslims into a rage that shows their true character I am all for it.  Let the Western world see these psychos as they truly are.  They wonder why they are so far behind the West when they blindly worship a made up pedophile and insist on keeping their women in the latest fashions from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

  • Defiant White

    Too bad I wasn’t there to take my Rottweiler for a walk.  He’s 150 lbs and pees like a water fountain . .  and hates coloreds.

  • jedsrael

    The Muslims are about to teach White Humanity the real definition of Diversity.

    Thank you, Allah Muhammoud Proffhet, child rapist.

    • 5n4k33y3s

      Mohammed did not rape his young bride, Aisha. Mohammed married Aisha with her consent and the consent of her father. It was a politically significant marriage.

      It was fortuitous that Mohammed married Aisha, thereby establishing a precedent for mankind, of the marriage between a man and a girl, by a man of such undisputed authority that even today, wretched old women cannot challenge his legacy.

      Men of every race and religion should have gratitude that Mohammed existed, and the example of his life is so contrary to the morality and teachings of the ascendant Feminists, fags, and dykes in western culture.

      In fact, whites ought to be more like the traditional people, veering away from enshrining homosexuality, defying the bitter crones of Feminism, and embracing life as it once was. And perhaps then whites won’t be out-bred by rival races.

      In the Caucuses region, Caucasian Muslims are living well, arguably better than their Caucasian Christian brethren whose society have been afflicted by the aforementioned, cultural origins of racial impotence.

      • C_C_Conrad

         I tend to agree with this statement.  But if we do get to this point we will be manly enough to put the Muslims, half-breeds, race traitors & other goofball leftists out of our living space. 

        • 5n4k33y3s

          When The Patriarchy was in control of white society, they never sought to undermine future generations of white people.

          There is no other way for white people to maintain control of our ancestral homeland, other than to revert to traditional gender roles.

          It is counter-intuitive and contrary to the consensus of evolutionary psychology,
          but a girl who is not yet at the peak of fertility, is actually ideal because she has much greater capacity to bond with her mate than a young woman at her peak of fertility.

          Those who believe a man’s only possible motive for preferring a young bride must be sexual deviance are wrong. During adolescence, girls tend to be far more romantic and loyal than women who did not marry until 5-10 years after their first menstruation.

          Those women who wait 20 years after their first menstruation are generally hopelessly frigid, fornicating, adulteresses who will cuckold the poor, hen-pecked fellow who is desperate enough to wed them.

      • jedsrael

        A nine year old can consent?

        • The__Bobster

          In America, it’s called statutory RAPE.

          • 5n4k33y3s

            Yes, the marriage of Mohammed and Aisha would be considered a crime in America. David Koresh and his congregation were massacred after he was accused of marrying child brides. Also, homosexual marriage is legal in several states.

        • 5n4k33y3s

          If a bride opposes the marriage when asked for her consent, then the marriage is not legal according to Islam. Also, she must have her first ovulation before the marriage can be consummated.

  • Puggg

    In the year 3000, Muslims will still be rioting and rampaging over “misunderstandings.”

  • IstvanIN

     Thank goodness the Muslims contribute more to the French economy than they cost in social benefits.

    • They always say if you have a tough job to do…get a muslem!!

  • 5n4k33y3s

    This was an obnoxious stunt, by a foreign-born Muslim immigrant, who created the problem himself by projecting the Koran onto the pedestrian crossing. He and his cohorts had no right to take offense.

  • No. Here in Croatia & Bosnia they made idiots of themselves by denouncing Santa Claus (who was in these parts named Djed mraz, after Russian “Dedushka Moroz”, grandfather frost/cold). Also, Mickey Mouse was castigated as an example of American imperialism.

    There were street protests against Santa & Mickey. Not violent, but still …

  • ed91

     from your lips to allah’s ears por favor.

  • Is he a member of the You Know Who’s??

  • bubo

    It seems as though the young people, the children and grandchildren of these Muslim immigrants are much more radical than their elders.   This is a very bad sign.   They are becoming less assimilated with each generation.  

    If this trend continues there will be war. 

  • 5n4k33y3s

    Constantinople fell because of they squandered their wealth, rather than buying the greatest weapon ever devised, when it was first offered to them, by the Hungarian artillery engineer who designed it.

    Orban, the artillery engineer, went on to sell the weapon to the Turks who used it to bombard Constantinople, which was thought to be fortified well enough to withstand any siege weapon. Constantinople had been well enough fortified, until the weapon they chose not to buy was sold to their enemy.

    Ottoman Sultan Mehmed admired Constantinople and wanted to claim the prestigious legacy of the Roman Empire. He instructed his men not to destroy the city, stopping the traditional rape and pillaging after one day, not three.

    Nevertheless, the damage had already been done by the Feminists and homosexuals who made Constantinople weak and vulnerable. This is why Constantinople was conquered.

    Once a society becomes vulnerable, you can be outraged that an invading army would rape the women of high society (of course they would, invading armies always do this), or you can pay attention to the root of the problem. Social degeneracy undermining The Patriarchy.

    Since you mention Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, the Eastern Roman Empire and heir of the Roman legacy, they too had arranged marriages to child brides within the Byzantine aristocracy.

    Unfortunately, Byzantine society had become decadent and weak after many centuries. I have no doubt it was brought on in part by Feminists and homosexuals.

  • 5n4k33y3s

    I never said you ought to be a Muslim. Just don’t be a reactionary who supports Feminism because you’re angry about Islam. Whether you’re Christian, Hindu, Atheist, or Jew, all men ought to reject Feminism.

    Western society has been hobbled by Feminism. When a society becomes weak, that society will be invaded. Don’t blame the opportunists who arrive. Invaders are the symptom, but the disease is Feminism.

    The problem was created by the Feminists undermining the social order.
    Feminists declared war on The Patriarchy. Unfortunately, there was no
    reciprocal declaration of war on Feminism until recently.