DUBAI - An Emirati chain of supermarkets has joined a campaign to boycott Danish products following the publication of cartoons of Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper.
The Consumers Cooperative Union, a chain of local supermarkets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has decided to "boycott all Danish products", the group said in a statement issued Monday in local newspapers.
It called on all its members to take Danish products off their shelves "in response to the offence against Prophet Mohammed ... and in response to consumers' wishes".
The head of the union's management council, Suleiman al-Jassem, said the boycott was "a clear message (demanding) an end to the attacks on Islam or all other religions".
Dozens of Emiratis, including women, staged a one-hour gathering in a Dubai park in protest at the cartoons.
The boycott, which has already swept through Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, would lead to losses of 27 million dollars for Danish firms operating in the Gulf region, Thomas Bay, the Danish consul in Dubai, was quoted as saying in Al-Emirat Al-Yom newspaper.
Danish dairy producer Arla alone does business worth 486 million dollars (402 million euros) a year in the Middle East, the bulk of it with Saudi Arabia.
Twelve cartoons published in Jyllands-Posten in September included a portrayal of the prophet wearing a time-bomb-shaped turban and show him as a wild-eyed, knife-wielding bedouin flanked by two women shrouded in black.
Their publication has caused an uproar in the Muslim world as Muslims consider images of Mohammed as blasphemous.