Reinhard sends the Tundra Tabloids the following story from the Swedish media about an industry starting up in Pakistan. Manufacturing flags exclusively for burning. Take note that the US and Israel flags feature highly in the flag producing industry. KGS
The flags are being made to burn. So I am very pleased that our work goes up in smoke, “said Mamoon Rashid from Karachi, and is very pleased with the recent Islamic protests in Pakistan.– The flags are made to burn. So I am very pleased that our work goes up in smoke, “said Mamoon Rashid from Karachi, and is very pleased with the recent Islamic protests in Pakistan.– Death to Facebook, death to America! read outraged demonstrators slogans since a Facebook user started a contest for best cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad – who according to Muslim custom, should in no way be depicted.– I have no ties to any political party but it is nice when you see their creations on television screens, “says Rashid with a laugh.– It’s busy every day with the production of banners and posters for various religious and political groups. But what really spurs the job is when an international controversy involving Muslims break out.The hubbub of Facebook has been related to the protests that erupted around the Muslim world in 2006 after several European newspapers published the image of Muhammad.Thousands of Pakistanis have pulled the upset on the streets, encouraged by conservative religious groups who in turn turns to Rashid when they need to get written placards and flags to burn.– Normally we get orders for placards for a few demonstrations a day but because of the blasphemous cartoons, we now have ten to twelve orders daily on flags and banners, “he says.In his workshop, four artisans with paint and flag messages subtitles. There is also a small printing press.– It’s standing orders for American and Israeli flags. Normally we paint them, but when demand exceeds the hundreds we print the flags to get them to customers on time.