In Pakistan thousands of people took to the streets to protest against the Mohammed cartoons that the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo re-published this week.
In January 2015, the cartoons were the reason for Muslim terrorists to attack the editors in Paris. Twelve people lost their lives.
Press agency Reuters reports that protests were taking place all over Pakistan. Death to France’ was scanned and demonstrators carried signs with the text: ‘Decapitation is the punishment for blasphemy‘. They were also called upon to boycott all French products.
These demonstrators call Charlie Hebdo’s action terrorism and burn the French flag
Images of Mohammed are forbidden in Islam. In Pakistan, the death penalty can be imposed for blasphemy.
Furious Muslims gathered in the Pakistani cities of Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi, among others. The protests were organised by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), a radical islamic movement. “Publication of the cartoons equals terrorism. They repeat this form of blasphemy every few years, that has to stop,” says Razi Hussani, a local TLP leader against Reuters.
In 2018 the TLP party was also the driving force behind protest marches in Pakistan against Geert Wilders’ plan to hold a cartoon contest about the prophet Mohammed. The protests in 2015 following the publication of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons ended in violence when demonstrators stormed the French embassy in Karachi.
The Pakistani government also condemns the re-publication of the cartoons.
The satirical magazine published the cartoons for a second time, because this week the trial about the attack started. The thirteen drawings show the prophet Mohammed with, among other things, a bomb instead of a turban on his head.
On 7 January 2015, the brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi killed twelve people at the weekly magazine. Two days later they were shot and killed by the French police. Fourteen possible accomplices will be on trial starting tomorrow. Among other things, they are suspected of transporting weapons and financing terrorism.