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State of Palestine: Gaza City protesters burn image of Macron after Islam comments02:24

State of Palestine: Gaza City protesters burn image of Macron after Islam comments

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Gaza City
October 27, 2020 at 13:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

A dozen protesters set fire to an image of French President Emmanuel Macron in Gaza City on Tuesday, to protest against the French leader's comments on Islam.

Protesters were seen setting fire to an image of Macron surmounted by the shape of a foot sole, in front of the representative office of the French consulate, in Gaza City.

"We went out today to send a message to the French president and to the whole world that insulting the Prophet is a red line that cannot be crossed," said protester Ahmad Abu Salmiya.

"Our religion is a religion of mercy, not a religion of terrorism as you claim, and you must know that it will return and it will overthrow your government," said protester Ahed al-Najjar.

The protest came after Macron backed the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad by satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Earlier this month, the French president said that Islam is “a religion that is in crisis all over the world today,” as he announced a bill to “strengthen” a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in the country.

State of Palestine: Gaza City protesters burn image of Macron after Islam comments02:24
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A dozen protesters set fire to an image of French President Emmanuel Macron in Gaza City on Tuesday, to protest against the French leader's comments on Islam.

Protesters were seen setting fire to an image of Macron surmounted by the shape of a foot sole, in front of the representative office of the French consulate, in Gaza City.

"We went out today to send a message to the French president and to the whole world that insulting the Prophet is a red line that cannot be crossed," said protester Ahmad Abu Salmiya.

"Our religion is a religion of mercy, not a religion of terrorism as you claim, and you must know that it will return and it will overthrow your government," said protester Ahed al-Najjar.

The protest came after Macron backed the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad by satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Earlier this month, the French president said that Islam is “a religion that is in crisis all over the world today,” as he announced a bill to “strengthen” a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in the country.

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