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World Pakistan: violent clashes between anti-France protesters and the police

01:25  14 april  2021
01:25  14 april  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Far-right Islamist protesters clashed with police in Pakistan on Tuesday after their leader was arrested for demanding the expulsion of the French ambassador, officials said. At least one police officer and one protester died during the second day of clashes in Lahore, the country's second-largest city Depictions of the prophet are widely considered blasphemous and the reprinting of the cartoons in France was condemned by Pakistan 's Prime Minister Imran Khan at the time. Rizvi called for further protests as an ultimatum after accusing the Pakistani government of going back on its agreement to

Police in Pakistan on Friday tear-gassed and dispersed angry protesters who tried to march toward the French Embassy in Islamabad to demonstrate against the republishing of cartoons in France depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Protesters retaliated by hurling stones at police vehicles and vandalizing a police post. Pakistani officials and rally participants did not report any casualties. “We demand the French embassy must immediately be shut down and the government must recall Pakistani ambassador from Paris,” said Zaheer Ahmed, a rally participant and the leader of a local

  Pakistan: violents affrontements entre des manifestants anti-France et la police © supplied by the point

d e violent clashes have opposed Tuesday the Pakistani police to thousands of supporters of a radical Islamist party, which manifest since the day before. To denounce the arrest of their leader after he requested the expulsion of the Ambassador of France .

A Lahore (East), the second largest city in the country, two police officers died after being injured during clashes with the protesters, according to the police. The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), an influential extremist movement, also stated that three of its activists had been killed, an information not confirmed by the police.

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Two demonstrators and a policeman were killed Tuesday in violent clashes between Islamists and police in Pakistan , hours after authorities arrested the head of an Islamist party in the eastern city of Lahore, a senior official and local media reported. Thousands of Islamists blocked highways and rail tracks and The violence began Monday after police arrested Rizvi for threatening protests if the government did not expel France ’s ambassador over depictions of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters , government official Naveed Zaman said, adding that they

The TLP supporters have reacted angrily to the arrest Monday in Lahore of their leader Saad Rizvi, blocking several major crossroads of this city, but also the capital Islamabad and Karachi, the largest metropolis of the country (south).

Saad Rizvi, son of Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the founder of the TLP, dead in November, was arrested a few hours after calling a walk on April 20 in Islamabad to seek the expulsion of the Ambassador of France in connection with the Publication in France of caricatures of Muhammad .

The Pakistani police indicated that Saad Rizvi had been charged under the anti-terrorism law.

The TLP claims the expulsion of the ambassador since the French President, Emmanuel Macron , defended the right to caricature in the name of freedom of expression, during the tribute to a teacher killed the October 16 after showing satirical drawings in his class. These events had taken place in the wake of the new publication of the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by the French weekly Charlie Hebdo .

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LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Two demonstrators and a policeman were killed Tuesday in violent clashes between Islamists and police in Pakistan , hours after authorities arrested the head of an Islamist party in the eastern city of Lahore, a senior official and local media reported. The policeman was killed in overnight clashes with the supporters of Saad Rizvi, the head of the Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan who was arrested on Monday, a senior police officer Ghulam Mohammad Dogar said.

Mr. Rizvi criticized the government not to have respected an agreement to expel the French diplomat, which would have been concluded at the end of three days of violent Events of the TLP last year in the capital. The authorities have never recognized the existence of such an agreement.

The TLP, extremist party that instrumentalizes the question of blasphemy, burning in Pakistan, is known for its ability to mobilize its supporters and block routes for days.

Pakistan often tends to avoid confrontation with radical Islamist groups, lest it further sticks violence in this deeply conservative country.

The manifestations of Monday and Tuesday have also resulted in affecting the oxygen supply of hospitals hosting CVIV-19 patients.

"Please, do not block the roads for ambulances and visitors of hospitals. Some ambulances carry oxygen cyluses, which are absolutely essential for patients with COVID," pleaded Yasmin Rashid, a high Sanitary manager of the province of Punjab, including Lahore is the capital.

Dr. Asad Aslam, responsible for the anti-Covid struggle for Punjab, indicated to AFP that some hospitals had been confronted with a lack of oxygen on Monday night, but that the situation had stabilized on Tuesday morning after The authorities had managed to release some roads.

Pakistan is struggling with a third murderous wave of the pandemic and lack of vaccines.

13/04/2021 21:11:31 - Lahore (Pakistan) - © 2021 AFP

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