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Upset at walking on Islamic calligraphy in Toulouse

by | 6th, October 2012

TO France:

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…

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…

On with the show?

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.

Idiocy has no limits…

Photo: French artist Mounir Fatmi, adjusts his instalation ‘I like America’ in the Tuileries garden, in Paris, Friday, Oct. 15t, 2010. The installation of Fatimi is exhibited during the International Contemporary Art Fair, which runs from Oct. 21 to 24, 2010. The Louvre museum is seen in the background.



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