Protests against France in Pakistan, road to capital Islamabad closed

In Pakistan, again there is a demonstration against France. In Rawalpindi, a city about 20 kilometres south of capital Islamabad, yesterday about 5000 protesters were on their feet and today about 1000.

As yesterday, the authorities have closed a main road to the capital of Islamabad. The protesters gathered today at the roadblock. Commuters had to detour and had long delays.

The protests are organized by a right-wing religious political party. Telephone services were blocked for more than 24 hours so that organisers could not communicate with each other, but now they are back in the air.

A journalist tweeted these images from Rawalpindi yesterday:

Last month, the French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by a radicalized Muslim, after using cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as material in a lesson on freedom of speech. President Macron then announced measures to tackle Muslim extremism more strongly.

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protest, Muslims in several countries took to the streets and called on Turkish President Erdogan to boycott French products.