World Caricatures: tens of thousands of demonstrators against France in Bangladesh
Demonstrations in France will pay tribute to slain teacher
PARIS (AP) — Demonstrations around France have been called in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police. Political leaders, associations and unions will demonstrate Sunday afternoon in Paris and in other major cities including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux. © Provided by Associated Press Residents gather outside the school where a slain history teacher was working, Saturday, Oct.
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Tuesday at, calling for a boycott of French products after the defense by the freedom to caricature during the homage to a teacher killed for showing caricatures of the prophet , burning the effigy of the French president and accusing him of "worshiping Satan".
Across the Muslim world, the faithful reacted with anger to Mr. Macron's comments: in the rebel zones in, in the Gaza Strip or in , portraits of the French president were burned. In several Gulf countries, French goods have been removed from the shelves.
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Emmanuel Macron had promised not to "renounce caricatures", during a national tribute to Professor Samuel Paty, beheaded by an Islamist on October 16 for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his students during a course on the freedom of expression.
The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which published these cartoons in 2006 like other European newspapers in defense of press freedom after their publication by a Danish daily angered many Muslims around the world, had been victim in 2015 of a jihadist attack which killed 12 people, including journalists and cartoonists from the newspaper.
Islam, in its strict interpretation, prohibits any representation of the Prophet Muhammad.
In Dhaka, more than 40,000 people, according to police estimates, participated in a march, organized by Islami Andolan Bangladesh (IAB), one of the main Islamist parties in Bangladesh. It was stopped before reaching the French embassy in the capital of Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim country.
Why are some Muslim countries calling for a boycott of French products?
© AFP Demonstrators in Kuwait, the capital of the eponymous country, on October 24, 2020. From hashtags in Arabic published on social networks to the positions of certain media and governments in the Middle East, the stir aroused by President Emmanuel Macron's remarks about the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad do not weaken. Some countries, such as Qatar, have even decided to withdraw French products from their stores. The tea towel is burning.
Hundreds of policemen blocked off with barbed wire to block demonstrators about 5 km from the embassy.
The demonstrators then dispersed without violence but a small group set fire to a portrait of Mr. Macron. "Macron will pay dearly", assured protesters, calling for a boycott of France.
The police have stepped up their patrols around the embassy. The IAB called for further protests across the country on Thursday and Friday.
Further protests are planned for Tuesday in Gaza, the West Bank, Israel and southern Yemen."Punish" Macron
In Dhaka, the demonstrators chanted slogans calling for a "boycott of French products" and "punishing" Mr. Macron.
"Macron is one of the few leaders who worship Satan," senior IAB official Ataur Rahman told the crowd.
He called on the Bangladeshi government to "kick out" the French ambassador. Another Islamist leader, Hasan Jamal, said the protesters would "knock down every brick" of the embassy if the ambassador was not fired.
Caricatures: Paris shows its firmness in the face of calls for a boycott
© MAHMUD HAMS Palestinians demonstrate against President Emmanuel Macron's statements on the prophet Muhammad's caricatures on October 25 in Deir al-Balah in Gaza. Parties of social networks Friday, commercial reprisals against tricolor products are increasing in the Middle East, forcing the French authorities to a diplomatic counterattack. "This is bad news for the companies based there [...] but there is no question of giving in to blackmail." The president of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux,
"France is the enemy of Muslims. Those who represent it are also our enemies," said Nesar Uddin, a young person in charge of the organization.
Bangladesh, in particular its textile industry, is an important trading partner of France. The cement manufacturer Lafarge is one of the main French investors in the country.
The country has experienced several Islamist attacks in recent years. In July 2016, at least 17 foreigners died in an attack committed by a group linked to the Islamic State organization against a café in Dhaka.Flood of criticism
The flood of criticism towards Mr. Macron and calls to boycott French products have been fueled in particular by Turkey, whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has questioned Mr. Macron's "mental health".
Tehran summoned the number two of the French embassy in Iran. Islamabad did the same with the French Ambassador to Pakistan. In Jordan, the Minister of Islamic Affairs Mohammed al-Khalayleh protested. Morocco “vigorously” condemned the cartoons.
The High Islamic Council in Algeria for its part castigated a "virulent campaign" against Islam. The Abu Dhabi-based Council of Muslim Elders, chaired by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, has announced its intention to prosecute Charlie Hebdo and "anyone who offends Islam."
The leader of the Russian Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, even affirmed that the French president is pushing Muslims "towards terrorism".
Faced with these protests, the French Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin wondered "by what right foreign powers interfere in our internal affairs", citing Turkey and Pakistan.
"It should shock all of us that foreign powers think that Muslims in France belong to them," he added on France Inter radio.
Mr Macron has received support from EU leaders after Mr Erdogan's attacks, and a European Commission spokesperson warned on Tuesday that the Turkish president's call to boycott French products "will take his country even further away" of the EU
The EU's agreements with Turkey provide for free trade in goods. The bilateral obligations that Turkey has undertaken to respect in the framework of these agreements (...) must be fully respected ", explained this spokesperson.
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French schools reopen in mourning after beheading of teacher .
PARIS (AP) — French schools held a nationwide minute of silence Monday in tribute to a teacher who was beheaded for opening a class debate on free speech by showing students caricatures of the prophet of Islam. Samuel Paty was killed on Oct. 16 outside his school in suburban Paris by an 18-year-old refugee of Chechen origin to punish him for showing the caricatures published by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which triggered a newsroom massacre by extremists in January 2015.