Hundreds protested in Pakistan after French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo reprinted a cartoon parody of the Prophet Mohammed to mark the opening of the trial of the alleged accomplices to the lethal 2015 assault on its workplace.
The demonstrations started on Thursday and continued into Friday, spreading into different cities corresponding to Lahore and Islamabad, with crowds marching and a few folks burning the French flag. “Cease barking, French canines!” was reportedly chanted by one group of indignant marchers.
Pakistani Islamists are marching in the direction of Pakistani capital to protest towards french president #EmmaneulMacron's assertion on Islamic separatism and defending #Blasphemy .#CharlieHebdo #Pakistan #islamists https://t.co/ygMeWUMgiJ pic.twitter.com/11C7fve0BF
— Naveed Murtaza (@NaveedMurtaza11) September 4, 2020
Charlie Hebdo : la colère enfle au Pakistan après la republication des caricatures de Mahomet par #CharlieHebdo. À Muzaffarabad, le drapeau français a été piétiné et brûlé aux cries de "cessez d'aboyer, chiens français !". D'autres manif. sont prévues dans le pays (Channel 5). pic.twitter.com/V5lW3jeYim
— Infos Françaises (@InfosFrancaises) September 3, 2020
Pakistan’s international ministry condemned the journal’s determination forward of publication, calling it a “deliberate act to offend the feelings of billions of Muslims,” and including that it “can’t be justified as an train in press freedom or freedom of expression.”
Such a deliberate act to offend the feelings of billions of Muslims can’t be justified as an train in press freedom or freedom of expression. Such actions undermine the worldwide aspirations for peaceable co-existence in addition to social and inter-faith concord. 2/2
— Spokesperson ?? MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) September 1, 2020
Not all members of the Muslim group supported the demonstrations and the anger expressed towards Charlie Hebdo. British anti-extremist activist and former Islamic fundamentalist Maajid Nawaz referred to as on the Muslim world to be “outraged” at extra materials issues than a “cartoon workplace.” “The place are the protests outdoors the Chinese language embassy?” he requested, referring to stories of Uyghur Muslims being systematically oppressed.
Charlie Hebdo’s particular version on September 2 featured a reprint of a few of its Islam-themed cartoons, together with the depictions of the Prophet Mohammed that triggered the 2015 gun assault on its Paris premises. Twelve folks had been killed within the raid, and an extra 5 within the days that adopted, because the gunmen went on the run.
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Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, the 2 brothers who carried out the assault, died in a shootout with the police north of Paris two days after their assault on Charlie Hebdo. The trial facilities on 13 males and one lady who’re accused of getting been accomplices within the terrorist plot.
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