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The arrest in Ireland of seven people alleged to be planning to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks for a sketch he made of the Prophet Muhammad has once again turned the spotlight on the limits of free speech in Europe and the sensitivities of European Muslims. Two of those arrested earlier this month have been charged; five others have been released.

But the reactions in Sweden have been very different from the anger that erupted when similar cartoons were published five years ago in Denmark.

For a man with a price on his head, Vilks seems remarkably calm. The slim, 63-year-old with unkempt hair and thick-lensed glasses lives in a small and untidy two-story house in rural southern Sweden. Newspapers are strewn on the table and couch; potted plants crowd the windows.

With one drawing, he came to be the target of a seemingly endless flow of international death threats.


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