Lars Vilks, the infamous Modoggie Man, has been attacked again. The Swedish artist was head-butted by a culture-enricher while he was leading a seminar in Uppsala. Mr. Vilks’ glasses were broken, but he was otherwise largely uninjured.
Vilks Attacked During Seminar
On Tuesday a man attacked the artist Lars Vilks in connection with a seminar on art at Uppsala University.
The atmosphere was calm at the beginning, Uppsala Nya Tidning reports. When Vilks showed a movie with sexual content the atmosphere became tense.
“The man in the first row suddenly rushed towards me. He gave me a “Danish,” [dansk skalle, hitting someone on the head using your own head] and I hit the wall and dropped my glasses,” Vilks says to TT.
The Uppsala Nya Tidning photographer, who was on the scene, describes the situation as extremely tense.
According to Vilks the man belonged to a group that tried to disturb the seminar. Vilks was taken to safety after the assault.
“I’m not injured, just a bit bruised.”
The seminar was broadcast by Uppsala Nya Tidning on the net.
The group that the man belongs consists of Muslims, says Vilks.
TT: How do you know that they are Muslims?
“They shouted “Mohammed, Mohammed,” says Vilks
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He says that the pandemonium was still going on at around 18:00. The seminar was about Vilks’ own art projects and the topic of art and freedom of speech.
“My seminar in Jönköping was canceled before I could hold the session, and now it has happened here. I am being stopped by physical violence, and I think it’s problematic if a mob is in charge,” he says.
The police were watching the event. A police officer was assaulted during the pandemonium.
“A crowd rushed forward. When a policeman tried to stop them he was attacked. As of now, two persons are in custody,” says Tommy Karlsson, commanding officer of the police in Uppsala county.
The two arrested persons are in their twenties, Uppsala Nya Tidning reports. A third was taken into custody for “disturbing the peace”.
There is also an English-language report on the incident in The Local.
For previous posts on Lars Vilks and the Roundabout Dogs, see the Modoggie Archives.