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On Sunday, crowds gathered across France to pay tribute to the 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty. According to reports, Samuel Patty was beheaded after showing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in a citizenship course.
The rallies were held in cities including Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Marseille and Bordeaux. Thousands of gatherings were held on the “Republic Square” in Paris. According to the “Huffington Post” report, France sometimes applauses from time to time, the French national anthem and silence.
According to the BBC, people participating in the national demonstrations held signs that read “I am Samuel” and “I am a teacher.”
France was the one who survived the killing on Friday in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburb of Paris.
The police said an 18-year-old Chechen refugee attacked Patty near the school and cut his throat, and then posted a graphic statement of responsibility on social media. Authorities said that after the attacker took the threatening action, the police shot the attacker fatally and did not respond to the order to disarm.
Soon thereafter, President Emmanuel Macron described it as an “Islamic terrorist attack” and said that the teacher was targeted because he was “free to teach and express.”
French counter-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard said that Paty received death threats after showing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in a class on alleged freedom of speech.
The Muslim faith prohibits the description of the Prophet Muhammad. The BBC reported that Patty advised Muslim students in the class to look away if they expected to be offended.
The BBC said that Patty’s lessons caused some angry reactions. A parent accused Patty of portraying the prophet naked. The parents filed a formal complaint and called on people to protest at school.
This class is related to the trial of the 2015 attack being conducted in the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Was criticized for the cartoons of his prophet Muhammad. Islamic extremists killed 12 people and another 14 defendants were accused of providing logistical support to the gunmen.
At the end of last month, after the trial began, an attack near the magazine’s original office wounded two people, and the authorities investigated it as a possible terrorist act.
Ricard’s office said on Friday that a terrorist investigation has begun and the authorities have arrested nine suspects, including several members of the attacker’s family. According to Reuters, the number of detainees rose to 11 on Sunday.
French political and religious leaders expressed indignation at the killing and called for solidarity.
French Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer (Jean-Michel Blanquer) on Saturday emphasized the need for solidarity in education and beyond, urging the French people to be proud of the values of freedom, equality and fraternity .
Brownquier said: “Secularism is the key, it allows us to have differences, believe or not believe, and respect each other.” “Today, everyone knows that this is being attacked.”
French Minister of Civil Affairs, Marlène Schiappa, condemned the attack in a series of tweets and stated that she will participate in Sunday’s demonstrations, “to support teachers, secularism, freedom of speech and against Islamism. “.
According to a report from France on the 24th, many of the participants were teachers themselves, and they said they were shocked and saddened by the killing.
A student said: “As a kindergarten teacher, I am here to defend my educational mission and improve students’ critical thinking skills.” “It makes me want to teach more. Before and after this terrible incident, there will be occur.”
Another protester told the Internet that people gathered together “just together.”
On Sunday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex (Jean Castex) and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (Anne Hidalgo) participated in thousands of demonstrations in Paris. Both parties shared information of strength and support on social media.
“You won’t divide us.” Castex posted a video on Twitter with the national anthem singing among the crowd. “We are France!”
Anger and sympathy were also introduced from abroad.
The Secretary-General of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation condemned the attack on Sunday, reiterating its rejection of “all forms of extremism, radicalization and terrorism for any reason or motive.”
At a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Saturday night, President Trump expressed condolences to Macron’s “malignant, vicious Islamic terrorist attack”.
Reuters reported that the national tribute to Patty will be held in France on Wednesday.