Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, criticized the authors of the film "Innocence of Muslims", which sparked riots in some Muslim countries, the Chechen government reported on its website on Friday evening.
"We do not support violence in any case. We condemn all manifestations of violence. At the same time, we condemn those who shot this film, sponsored it, and also those who let that happen, using freedom of speech as a cover. Freedom of speech should not threaten peace, stability, and people's health," Kadyrov said in a statement released in Chechnya on Friday.
"We are calling on Muslims to stop activities posing a threat to the safety of citizens and stability in their countries. We express full solidarity with them in the condemnation of this provocation," Kadyrov said.
Kadyrov recalled that millions of people outraged by the film, which insults Muslims, have recently taken to the streets in the largest cities of the world. "In Europe, they went even further. They are publishing some cartoons. They have received what was expected," Kadyrov said.
Kadyrov reiterated that freedom of speech that poses a threat to people's life and stability is no longer freedom of speech, but extremism and a very dangerous thing.
After a collective Friday prayer, Kadyrov read a prayer asking the All-Mighty One to punish the authors of the film, the organizers of the filming, and those who assisted them, the Chechen government has reported on its site.
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