News ID: 109769
Published: 0656 GMT January 19, 2015

Yemenis, Chechens, Afghans protest against French magazine

Yemenis, Chechens, Afghans protest against French magazine

Hundreds of thousands marched through the Chechen capital on Monday to protest the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which again put a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on its cover.


Demonstrators in Grozny, capital of the predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia, released balloons and carried posters that read "Hands off our beloved Prophet" and "We love the Prophet, we don't love Charlie", AP reported.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on his official Instagram account Friday that those who defended the weekly Charlie Hebdo were his 'personal enemies'.

On Monday, Kadyrov spoke from a stage wearing a vest with "We Love the Prophet Muhammad" written on it.

According to Russian news agencies, 15,000 people joined a similar anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstration Saturday in the neighboring region of Ingushetia.

Also on Monday, Yemenis and Afghan people took to the streets to condemn the printing of the Prophet's cartoon by the French magazine.

In Afghanistan, several hundred people burned the French flag as they chanted 'Death to France' during a rally in Jalalabad, the capital of the eastern Nangarhar province.

The protesters — mostly young Afghan men— at the Jalalabad rally also demanded the French Embassy in Kabul be shut down and that the French government apologize to Muslims.

It was the third straight day of protests across Afghanistan since the paper's first issue following the January 7 attack on its headquarters by terrorists that killed 12.

Yemenis also protested against the French paper in the country's north.

Members and supporters of Yemen’s Shia Ansarullah movement also took part in the protest against the Charlie Hebdo magazine in the province of Sa'ada.

The protesters condemned the newspaper's insulting drawings, saying it had published them under the pretext of free 

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