Tens of thousands of Muslims protest France’s ‘Islamophobia’

Anger erupts in the Muslim world over caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad and President Macron’s comments on Islam.

30 Oct 2020

Tens of thousands of Muslims – from Pakistan to Bangladesh to the Palestinian territories – poured out of prayer services to join anti-France protests on Friday, as the French president’s promise to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad continues to roil the Islamic world.

An estimated 40,000 people in Bangladesh marched after Friday prayers in the capital Dhaka.

The angry protesters carried signs reading “World Muslims united,” “Macron will pay a high price,” “Stop Islamophobia,” and “Macron is Satan.”

“We urge the government to convey our anger to France and boycott French products until France offers a public apology for what it has done to Muslims,” said Akramul Haque, a protester.

About 10,000 people marched through Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city. Demonstrations in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad turned violent as some 2,000 people who tried to march towards the French embassy were pushed back by police firing tear gas and beating protesters with batons.

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