Libya Comic Con shut down.

Libya Comic Con shut down.

Fri, 2017-11-10 14:29

On 3 November the Libyan Special Deterrent Forces (military police) shut
down Tripoli’s second annual Libya Comic Con festival. The SDF led by
Salafi Islamist Abdulraouf Kara raided the Dat Al-Imad conference centre
in Tripoli around 5:45 p.m. They arrested more than 20 people including
organizers, participants, and visitors according to eyewitness as reported
by the Libya Herald. According to the eyewitnesses, some of those arrested
were released the same evening; however six of the main organisers
remained under arrest at the time and were being held under numerous
charges, including violating morality and Islam, and incitement to
violence due to some artwork featuring violent scenes and weapons. Some
artwork was also reportedly confiscated. The BBC describes the SDF as a
“conservative Islamist group” that is “loyal to the UN-backed government
of National Accord.
On the same day, the military police published a statement on their
Facebook page stating that photos of event participants published on
social media caused “a widespread public outpouring of criticism”, which
led them to shut down the event, further stating:
“It is necessary to address these destructive phenomena and fight them
because these famous cartoons encourage the dissemination of pornography,
influence teenagers and motivate them to kill and use sharp tools. Such
festivals, inspired from abroad, exploit the weakness of religious faith
and their fascination with foreign cultures. The organisers and
supervisors of this festival have been arrested and will be presented to
the Public Prosecution for their acts of dishonesty and violation of
public morality.”
In a 7 November statement, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya
expressed its concern about the arrest and shut down, and called for the
immediate release of those detained, saying that “freedom of expression
and peaceful assembly are fundamental to human rights”.

http://boundingintocomics.com/2017/11/08/armed-men-shut-comic-book-conve...

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/11/libya-crackdown-comic...

In these febrile times it feels necessary to add that this blog is not an anti- Muslim thing - the comic con was a Muslim one. It is anti bullying and bigotry.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/art/art_1.shtml

On 3 November the Libyan Special Deterrent Forces (military police) shut
down Tripoli’s second annual Libya Comic Con festival. The SDF led by
Salafi Islamist Abdulraouf Kara raided the Dat Al-Imad conference centre
in Tripoli around 5:45 p.m. They arrested more than 20 people including
organizers, participants, and visitors according to eyewitness as reported
by the Libya Herald. According to the eyewitnesses, some of those arrested
were released the same evening; however six of the main organisers
remained under arrest at the time and were being held under numerous
charges, including violating morality and Islam, and incitement to
violence due to some artwork featuring violent scenes and weapons. Some
artwork was also reportedly confiscated. The BBC describes the SDF as a
“conservative Islamist group” that is “loyal to the UN-backed government
of National Accord.
On the same day, the military police published a statement on their
Facebook page stating that photos of event participants published on
social media caused “a widespread public outpouring of criticism”, which
led them to shut down the event, further stating:
“It is necessary to address these destructive phenomena and fight them
because these famous cartoons encourage the dissemination of pornography,
influence teenagers and motivate them to kill and use sharp tools. Such
festivals, inspired from abroad, exploit the weakness of religious faith
and their fascination with foreign cultures. The organisers and
supervisors of this festival have been arrested and will be presented to
the Public Prosecution for their acts of dishonesty and violation of
public morality.”
In a 7 November statement, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya
expressed its concern about the arrest and shut down, and called for the
immediate release of those detained, saying that “freedom of expression
and peaceful assembly are fundamental to human rights”.

http://boundingintocomics.com/2017/11/08/armed-men-shut-comic-book-conve...

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/11/libya-crackdown-comic...

In these febrile times it feels necessary to add that this blog is not an anti- Muslim thing - the comic con was a Muslim one. It is anti bullying and bigotry.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/art/art_1.shtml

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