Thousands of hardline Muslims from Pakistan to Lebanon participated in anti-French protests on Friday, including the hanging of a statue of the French president Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel Macron (Emmanuel Jean-Michel Macron) radical Muslim demonstrators marched to the French embassy, hanging Macron from the statue, officials arrested a new suspect in the French church attack, The security alert heightened the suspicion of Nice, and the killings in France spread from Italy to the country., The Associated Press reports.
The demonstration was in response to Macron’s defense of the right to satirize the prophet Muhammad and the day after the fatal stabbing in a French Catholic church.
Hundreds of demonstrators in the Lebanese capital Beirut tried to march into the residence of the French ambassador, but were blocked by the police.
Approximately 2,000 demonstrators in the Pakistani capital Islamabad marched to the French Embassy, and then the police used violence and tear gas to stop their movement.
“There is only one punishment for blasphemy,” the priest Kadim Hussein Rizvi, who led the Lahore march, shouted.
“Beheaded! Beheaded!” the protesters shouted in unison.
Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated against Macron at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, “We sacrificed to the Prophet Muhammad with our own souls and blood.”
Hundreds of Muslims stage anti-French protests in Bangladesh
Conservative Islami Oikya Jote protesters held up slogans, calling President Emmanuel Macron “the world’s largest terrorist,” and via @TOIWorld pic .twitter.com/8rFliUdqES burned to death and beat up his portrait.
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Muslims in Bangladesh also participated in anti-French protests, holding banners denouncing Macron as “the world’s largest terrorist.”
The demonstration was the second day after being stabbed in the French city of Nice and killing three people in a Catholic church. The incident is being investigated as a terrorist attack.
Macron later deployed thousands of soldiers to protect schools and religious sites in the country.
NPR said Macron said: “If we are attacked again, it is because of our values, our freedom, freedom and the ability to believe in freedom not to yield to terrorism.”
Earlier this month, after a French teacher was beheaded after showing a caricature of his prophet Muhammad’s class, tension was already high before Nice was attacked.
After the satirical magazine published a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, 12 employees of Charlie Hebdo were killed in an attack five years later.
The magazine republished the comic earlier this year and held the first court trial of 13 suspects in connection with the deadly attack.