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Russia: 'We HEART the Prophet Muhammad'- massive anti-Islamophobic demo in Magas00:51

Russia: 'We HEART the Prophet Muhammad'- massive anti-Islamophobic demo in Magas

Russian Federation, Magas
January 17, 2015 at 23:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Over 20,000 demonstrators came to rally against religious intolerance in the North Caucasus town of Magas, Saturday protesting the Islamophobic backlash across Europe that has followed the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

The demonstrators marched through the capital of the Russian federal Republic of Ingushetia carrying banners bearing anti-discrimination messages. Criticising Western press for publishing images of the Prophet Muhammad, hundreds of protesters arranged themselves to form the message ‘We (heart) Muhammad’.

Violence against Muslims has spiked over the last week following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in which 17 people were killed purportedly by Jihadist militants on January 7. Hundreds of Western publications have since published visual depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, considered offensive by many Muslims and forbidden in most strains of Islam.

Russia: 'We HEART the Prophet Muhammad'- massive anti-Islamophobic demo in Magas00:51
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Over 20,000 demonstrators came to rally against religious intolerance in the North Caucasus town of Magas, Saturday protesting the Islamophobic backlash across Europe that has followed the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

The demonstrators marched through the capital of the Russian federal Republic of Ingushetia carrying banners bearing anti-discrimination messages. Criticising Western press for publishing images of the Prophet Muhammad, hundreds of protesters arranged themselves to form the message ‘We (heart) Muhammad’.

Violence against Muslims has spiked over the last week following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in which 17 people were killed purportedly by Jihadist militants on January 7. Hundreds of Western publications have since published visual depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, considered offensive by many Muslims and forbidden in most strains of Islam.