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Police arrested but later released 15 people in Aarhus suspected of throwing rocks and flares at former imam Ahmed Akkari, who was on a speaking tour of troubled neighborhoods with a candidate for parliament. Police also seized 209 flares intended that were to be set off during the event. Akkari, who was protected by 40 policemen, said he would not back down despite harassment. Rocks were also thrown at the two men during a previous event in Odense. Akkari has been criticized by some in the Muslim community for distancing himself from the Prophet Mohammed cartoon controversy.