Italian Minister Resigns After Cartoon T-Shirt Prompts Deadly Riots

February 18, 2006

Source: BBC News

On February 18, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Italian reform minister who angered Muslims by wearing a T-shirt decorated with Western media cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad has resigned. Roberto Calderoli stepped down a day after rioting outside the Italian consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi led to at least 10 deaths. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had also urged him to go. The cartoons, first published by a Danish newspaper in September, have angered Muslims across the world. During a sixth day of protests in Pakistan, four protesters were wounded after police reportedly opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators throwing stones and trying to burn down shops in the eastern town of Chaniot."