German journalist assaulted at cartoon demo

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10 February 2006, NAIROBI - A German radio journalist was assaulted Friday during a march of some 1,000 Kenyan Muslims in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, protesting cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed that have been published in various parts of the world.

10 February 2006

NAIROBI - A German radio journalist was assaulted Friday during a march of some 1,000 Kenyan Muslims in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, protesting cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed that have been published in various parts of the world.

"A group of young men surrounded me and asked me whether I was Danish but one of them hit me with his fist in my face before I could answer," said Wim Dohrenbusch, a radio reporter for ARD German radio.

Dohrenbusch said that one of his car windows was smashed by the increasingly hostile crowds that were coming from Friday noon prayers as he tried to leave the scene.

The marchers were nearing the Kenyan Foreign Ministry where the leaders of the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims (SUPKEM) hoped to hand over a protest note for the Danish ambassador after agreeing Thursday not to march to the Danish embassy in Nairobi.

The march was approved by local authorities after SUPKEM gave assurances that their followers would not engage in violence or illegal activities, a Kenyan police spokesman said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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