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Toulouse: Muslims Riot Because Woman Steps on Arabic Calligraphy on Street
by Cheradenine Zakalwe
An unexpected cultural projection provoked the beginnings of a riot, yesterday, shortly after 10 pm, on the Pont-Neuf, in the centre of Toulouse. The video projection, on the ground, of Arabic calligraphy from the work of Mounir Fatmi, a well-known Moroccan artist, gave rise to a mini-scandal. A female passer-by, who stepped on the projected work, was attacked by an individual who saw it as an offence to his religion. He slapped her before other people joined in. In total, around 80 people were involved in the disorder on the bridge. The police intervened to re-establish order.
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