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France: Pantin Muslim community reacts after mosque shut over hate speech targeting Paty03:22

France: Pantin Muslim community reacts after mosque shut over hate speech targeting Paty

France, Pantin
October 20, 2020 at 17:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Locals, especially those of the Muslim community, expressed their opinions after France's Interior Minister ordered the closure of the Grand Mosque of Pantin for reportedly spreading hate speech posts on social media towards slain teacher Samuel Paty.

"When I saw that they were closing down this mosque, I was hurt and saddened. This relentlessness towards our community is weighting heavily (on us)," explained Moussa, a local resident of Pantin on Tuesday.

"I have a beard, I'm not a salafist, I'm not a terrorist or a criminal. I am just a normal person," said Karim, another local resident.

The Grand Mosque of Pantin had reportedly shared a post on its Facebook page, targetting Paty with hate speech prior to the attack.

On October 16, 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. The teacher had recently shown caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad to his students during a discussion on freedom of speech.

France: Pantin Muslim community reacts after mosque shut over hate speech targeting Paty03:22
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Locals, especially those of the Muslim community, expressed their opinions after France's Interior Minister ordered the closure of the Grand Mosque of Pantin for reportedly spreading hate speech posts on social media towards slain teacher Samuel Paty.

"When I saw that they were closing down this mosque, I was hurt and saddened. This relentlessness towards our community is weighting heavily (on us)," explained Moussa, a local resident of Pantin on Tuesday.

"I have a beard, I'm not a salafist, I'm not a terrorist or a criminal. I am just a normal person," said Karim, another local resident.

The Grand Mosque of Pantin had reportedly shared a post on its Facebook page, targetting Paty with hate speech prior to the attack.

On October 16, 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. The teacher had recently shown caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad to his students during a discussion on freedom of speech.

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