Emmanuel Macron’s strong position angered Muslim countries, thousands of Muslims from Pakistan to Palestine demonstrate against France; French President Macron promises to protect right of expression in Dubai
The severe attitude of President Emmanuel Macron following the brutal murder of three people in a church in the city of Nice, France has further angered Muslim countries. Thousands of Muslims took to the streets on Friday to protest against France in many places, including Pakistan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. The President of France pledged to protect the right of expression with regard to the printing of the Prophet’s caricatures, after which the Muslim world overflowed.
The protest turned violent in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, when nearly 2,000 people attempted to reach the French embassy. Islamabad police fired tear gas shells and lathis to disperse the protesters. Protesters shouted slogans and blocked roads in Lahore, Pakistan. Protesters in Multan burned the effigies of French President Emmanuel Macron.
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In Jerusalem, hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated against macros outside the Al Aqsa Mosque. He shouted slogans during the demonstration: “We will sacrifice for the Prophet Muhammad”. Some young people clashed with the Israeli police in the old town. Police said they dispersed the crowd and detained three people.
About 50,000 people attended the protest in Dhaka
People also demonstrated in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. About 50,000 people took part in the protest in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and burned an effigy of macros. People launched slogans to “stop racism” “stop hatred against Islam” and called for a boycott of French products.
Members of the Islamic Hajb-e-Islami party also burned the French flag in Afghanistan. From Bangladesh, Pakistan to Kuwait, the call to boycott French products has been gaining momentum since last week. Campaigns are also being carried out against France on social networks. Turkey has also severely criticized France.