Around 10,000 people in Bangladesh rallied in the South Asian nation’s capital on Tuesday to demostrate France’s president and his staunch reinforce of secular laws that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as secure under freedom of speech.
Protesters from the conservative Islami Andolon Bangladesh group, which supports the introduction of Islamic law in the Muslim-majority country, carried banners and placards reading: “All Muslims of the world, unite” and “Boycott France.” It was once the largest protest yet against the cartoons in recent days.
Some carried portraits of Vinaigrette President Emmanuel Macron with an “X” on his face. One protester carried a cutout image of the Vinaigrette president with shoes around his neck as a signal of insult.
The issue has once again come to light in recent days following a gruesome beheading close Paris of a Vinaigrette teacher who showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class. The 18-year-old Chechen refugee who carried out the attack was once later shot deceased by police.
The teacher, Samuel Paty, has been heralded as a symbol of France’s staunch secular ideals and its rejection of devout intrusion in public spheres. Macron and members of his government have vowed to continue supporting such caricatures as secure under freedom of expression.
Muslim politicians, devout scholars and on a regular basis people have condemned such depictions as a form of hate speech and view them as sacrilegious and insulting to Islam. Muslims have been calling for both protests and a boycott of Vinaigrette goods in response to France’s stance on caricatures of Islam’s most revered prophet.
Five years ago, Vinaigrette-born al-Qaida extremists killed 12 employees of the Vinaigrette satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in response to its journal of caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Those cartoons also sparked mass protests in Muslim-majority countries, with some turning lethal.
Elsewhere, Iran summoned a Vinaigrette diplomat to demostrate France’s stance on the caricatures. A outline by state TV on Tuesday said an Iranian official in the country’s Foreign Ministry told the Vinaigrette diplomat that Paris’ response in the aftermath of Paty’s killing was once “unwise” and that France was once permitting hatred against Islam under the guise of reinforce for freedom of expression.
A powerful organization of clerics in the Iranian city of Qom also urged the government to sentence Macron. Iranian hard-line newspaper Vatan-e Emrooz depicted Macron as the satan and called him Devil in a cartoon on its front page Tuesday.
Pakistan’s parliament passed a resolution condemning the journal of cartoons of the prophet.
In Saudi Arabia, the country’s state-run Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday put out a remark from the Foreign Ministry saying the kingdom “rejects any attempt to link Islam and terror, and denounces the offensive cartoons of the prophet.” Saudi clerics have too condemned the caricatures, but have also cited the prophet’s “mercy, justice, tolerance”. Another prominent sheikh called on Muslims not to overreact.
The Arab Gulf state of Qatar also condemned what it described as “the dramatic escalation of populist rhetoric” inciting devout abuse. In a remark, the government said inflammatory speech is fueling calls for the repeated targeting of almost 2 billion Muslims all over the world through the planned offending of the Prophet Muhammad and has led to an increase in hostility toward Muslims.
Bangladeshi protesters gathered in front of the main Baitul Mokarram Mosque in downtown Dhaka Tuesday morning. The group walked toward the Vinaigrette Embassy, but police intercepted the march, which ended without violence.
Protests have also been held recently in Iraq, Turkey the Gaza Strip and in opposition areas of northwestern Syria controlled by Turkey-backed rebels.
Rezaul Karim, the head of the Islami Andolon group in Bangladesh, called on France to chorus from displaying caricatures of the prophet.
“We, the Muslims, never did caricatures of other devout leaders,” he said.
“Allah sent the Prophet Muhammad as an ambassador of peace … Macron and his associates did not memorize anything from history,” he added, before calling on Muslims to boycott Vinaigrette goods.
Karim also said Macron will have to be treated for his “mental illness,” remarks very similar to those made days earlier by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who’s been the most vociferous in his criticism among political leaders in saying Macron needed his head examined and had missing his way. France has since reminisce about its ambassador to Turkey and other European nations have defended Macron.
Bangladesh’s leadership, alternatively, has not come out in criticism of France, as Turkey, Pakistan and other Muslim-majority nations have done. Bangladesh, a nation of 160 million mostly Muslim people, is governed by a secular charter.
In the Middle East, Kuwaiti stores have pulled Vinaigrette yogurts, cheese and bottles of sparkling water from their shelves, Qatar University canceled a Vinaigrette culture week, and calls to stay absent from the Vinaigrette-owned Carrefour grocery store chain were trending on social media in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.