Demonstrators display signs with crossed mosques during a protest in front of a mosque in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. A Berlin court had allowed the demonstration of the far-right group ' Pro Deutschland' held under the slogan "Islam does not belong in Germany — stop Islamization." (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
BERLIN (AP) — Members of a small far-right group have displayed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during demonstrations outside mosques in Berlin, but officials say their protests have gone peacefully.
Saturday's demonstrations by the Pro Deutschland group — held under the slogan "Islam does not belong in Germany — stop Islamization" — followed a failed attempt by three mosques to get display of the caricatures prohibited. A court ruled they were protected by laws allowing artistic free expression.
Police said a group of up to 70 supporters of Pro Deutschland took part, while a few hundred counterdemonstrators protested against them. There was a heavy police presence.
The 2005 publication of Muhammad caricatures in a Danish newspaper triggered riots in many Muslim countries. Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet.