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US News Caricatures: the Arab-Muslim world protests again against France

02:40  31 october  2020
02:40  31 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

Macron: "We will not give up caricatures, drawings"

 Macron: © POOL Macron Emmanuel Macron assured that France would not give up "caricatures, drawings", during a national tribute ceremony on Wednesday evening to the beheaded history and geography teacher after showing his students caricatures of Muhammad. Emmanuel Macron assured that France would not renounce "caricatures, drawings", during a national tribute ceremony Wednesday evening to the history and geography teacher beheaded after showing his students caricatures of Muhammad.

Tens of thousands of Muslims have marched in several cities in anger at Paris' decision to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad. From Pakistan to Lebanon, tens of thousands of protesters joined anti - France protests on Friday, angered by a row over freedom of expression

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Thousands of Muslims in Pakistan poured out of prayer services to join anti - France protests on Friday, as the French president’s vow to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad continues to roil the Muslim world .

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Bangladesh , Pakistan , India , Mali ... France continues to be the target of criticism from the Arab-Muslim world. On Friday, they were tens of thousands of people, in many countries, to demonstrate against France, to burn effigies of Emmanuel Macron or to call for a boycott of French products. The reason for their anger does not change: they protest the position of France on the caricatures of the prophet Muhammad .

Protests erupted after Emmanuel Macron's statements defending these caricatures of the prophet of Islam as part of freedom of expression following the beheading near Paris by a Muslim of a teacher who had shown to its class of such designs. Islam, in its strict interpretation, prohibits any representation of Muhammad. The main protests took place in Bangladesh and Pakistan on Friday. Other smaller ones took place in India, the Middle East, the Maghreb and Mali.

Does the offense of blasphemy exist in French law?

 Does the offense of blasphemy exist in French law? © Charlie Hebdo After the assassination of Samuel Paty, a teacher who presented his students with the cartoons of Mahomet published in "Charlie Hebdo", the lawyer Roland Perez takes stock of Europe 1: is there a a crime of blasphemy under French law? After the shock wave throughout France and the world, sparked by the assassination of teacher Samuel Paty , who had shown caricatures of Muhammad to a class of college students, lawyer Roland Perez makes the point: does the offense of blasphemy exi

The escalation between Paris and Muslim countries occurred earlier this month after the brutal killing of French history teacher Samuel Paty on 16 October by a radicalised teenager for displaying caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad in class.

Thousands of Muslims in Pakistan poured out of prayer services to join anti - France protests on Friday, as the French president’s vow to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad continues to roil the Muslim world . Crowds led by Islamic parties chanted anti - France slogans

Calls to "punish" Emmanuel Macron

In Dhaka, where security has been reinforced around the French embassy, ​​more than 40,000 demonstrators marched according to independent observers and the organizers of this march. “We are all soldiers of the Prophet Muhammad!” They chanted at the end of the weekly prayer at the Baitul Mukarram mosque, the largest in Bangladesh.

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The protesters reiterated their calls to boycott French products and "punish" Emmanuel Macron. French flags and an effigy of the French president were burned. "France insults two billion Muslims in the world. President Macron must apologize for his crimes," said Gazi Ataur Rahman, a senior official with Islami Andolan Bangladesh, one of the main Islamist parties in Bangladesh.

Erdogan calls for a boycott of French goods in conflict with Macron

 Erdogan calls for a boycott of French goods in conflict with Macron In the dispute over the Islamic statements by French head of state Emmanuel Macron, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a boycott of French goods. "Don't pay attention to French-labeled goods, don't buy them," Erdogan said in a televised speech on Monday, joining a series of calls for boycotts in the Middle East. Meanwhile, the federal government condemned Erdogan's statements about Macron as "completely unacceptable".

Thousands of Muslims in Pakistan poured out of prayer services to join anti - France protests on Friday, as the French president's vow to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad continues to roil the Muslim world .

Thousands of Muslims in Pakistan are joining anti - France protests , as the French president’s vow to protect the right to caricature the Prophet The protests come amid rising tensions between France and Muslim -majority nations, which flared up earlier this month when a young Muslim beheaded a

In Pakistan, a country where Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused Emmanuel Macron of "attacking Islam", some 2,000 people demonstrated in Islamabad. Religious groups, students and small traders, walked towards the French Embassy screaming "expel the French dog!" or even "behead the blasphemer!". They were blocked by barricades. Protesters threw stones at the police who responded with tear gas fire.

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in Jerusalem

"How dare they disrespect our prophet? A Muslim can sacrifice his head and can also cut off the head of the blasphemer," said Rasheed Akbar, 34. Another protester, Zahid Malik, called for "expelling the impure French ambassador from the land of the pure". Around 10,000 people marched in Karachi (south), Pakistan's largest city, and some 3,000 in Lahore (east).

In India, whose Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi has supported Emmanuel Macron, the Muslim minority has called for a boycott of French goods. Hundreds of people demonstrated in Bhopal (center). In Srinagar, the main city of Indian Kashmir, around 25 people defied the ban on demonstrations to hang pictures of Emmanuel Macron in the streets and walk over them. In neighboring Afghanistan, the largest gathering took place in Herat (west) where thousands of people shouted "Death to France! Death to Macron!"

After tweet from satire magazine: Turkey outraged by "Charlie Hebdo" caricature by Erdogan

 After tweet from satire magazine: Turkey outraged by Turkey has sharply condemned an front page of the French satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo" with a caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan . Erdogan's communications director Fahrettin Altun accused the magazine of “cultural racism” late on Tuesday evening. The "so-called caricatures" are "repulsive" and without human morality, it said in a message. "The anti-Muslim agenda of French President Emmanuel Macron is bearing fruit!" Wrote Altun.

BEIRUT — Anti -French protests erupted across Muslim -majority countries on Friday, with tens of thousands expressing anger over the French government’s call for “reform” of Islam, a day after three were killed in a church in what President Emmanuel Macron referred to as “an Islamist terror attack.”

The images deeply offended many Muslims , and protesters burned French flags, stomped on portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron and called Around the Mideast and Asia, Muslims offended by the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and Macron's firm stance held more protests Friday.

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In the Middle East, the most important demonstration took place in the old city of Jerusalem, where thousands of Palestinians demonstrated. "There is no god but God, Macron is the enemy of God!", "Muhammad, your nation will not give in!", They chanted. Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Ekrima Sabri, said he held the French president responsible for acts of violence and "chaos in France because of his provocative statements against Islam". Hundreds of Palestinians also protested in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, where portraits of the French president were trampled and set on fire.

Tensions with the police in Beirut

In Beirut, the riot police prevented some 200 demonstrators from advancing towards the residence of the French Ambassador. A handful of protesters threw stones at the police who fired tear gas. The secretary general of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, for his part called on the French authorities to correct "a huge mistake" concerning the cartoons of Muhammad and to avoid a "war against Islam".

Trial of the Bamako attacks in 2015: a "revenge" after Charlie Hebdo

 Trial of the Bamako attacks in 2015: a © STRINGER The Mauritanian jihadist Fawaz Ould Ahmed, April 21, 2016 in Bamako A Mauritanian jihadist tried in Mali claimed Wednesday two attacks which bloodied Bamako in 2015, saying he was "proud" to have acted "out of revenge" after the publication of caricatures of the prophet of Islam by the French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Anti - France protests in Lebanon are an embarrassment for Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, who is trying to form a new government that would The protests come amid rising tensions between France and Muslim -majority nations, which flared up earlier this month when a young Muslim

About 40,000 demonstrated in Bangladesh as protests grow across the Muslim world against French president Emmanuel Macron and his perceived attacks on Islam and the prophet Muhammad.

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In Libya, demonstrations took place in several cities. In the capital Tripoli, dozens of people burned an effigy of Emmanuel Macron and a French flag. In Mali, a rally was held for the same reasons in Timbuktu. "The fight against terrorism in Mali and the Sahel could suffer from attacks against the fundamental values ​​of the Muslim religion," Yehia Ould Bana, one of the young people behind this action, told AFP by phone.

At the same time, in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended freedom of expression, while believing that it was "not without limits" and should not "arbitrarily and needlessly hurt" certain communities . Thursday, nearly two weeks after the assassination of the French teacher, an attack left three dead in a church in Nice and Emmanuel Macron denounced "an Islamist terrorist attack". French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called on French nationals living abroad to be cautious, saying the threat to French interests was "everywhere".

Islam of France: internal rifts are flush with .
© Christophe ARCHAMBAULT The rector of the Great Mosque of Paris during his press conference, on November 2. On the occasion of a solemn declaration against terrorism, the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris launched hostilities against the French Council of Muslim Worship. In a formal room of the Great Mosque of Paris (GMP), the rector Chems-Eddine Hafiz tries, this Monday afternoon, to give a lot of solemnity to the moment.

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