DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — tens of thousands of Muslims in Pakistan pumped out from prayer services to combine anti-France protests on Friday, as the French president’s attempts to guard the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad has been roiling the Muslim world.
Crowds headed by Islamic parties chanted anti-France slogans, elevated banners, and clogged big streets en route to some Sufi shrine. Dozens of individuals furiously stomped on French flags and cried to the boycott of French goods. Back in Multan, a town in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province, tens of thousands burnt an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron and required Pakistan sever ties with France.
More parties were planned for after Friday in Pakistan, including the capital Islamabad, in which authorities were out in force to stop potential demonstrations outside the French Embassy. The air was tense as authorities placed shipping containers to obstruct the streets.
Some youths scuffled with Israeli authorities as they exited the sacred site to the Old City.
Additional protests, mostly organized by Islamists, are expected throughout the area, such as in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
Back in Afghanistan, members of the party Hezb-i-Islami place the French flag. Its leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, cautioned Macron that when he does not”control the circumstance, we’re going to a third world war and Europe is going to be liable.”
The protests come amid increasing tensions between France and Muslim-majority countries, which rallied earlier this month when a young Muslim beheaded a French schoolteacher who’d revealed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in the course.
These pictures, republished from the magazine Charlie Hebdo to indicate the opening of this trial for the mortal 2015 attack against the novel, have stirred the ire of all Muslims across the globe who believe depictions of the prophet blasphemous.
A set of strikes that French police have imputed to Muslim extremism ensued. On Thursday, a knife-wielding Tunisian guy carrying out a replica of the Quran murdered three people in a church in the southern town of Nice. That same afternoon, a Saudi guy stabbed and lightly injured a security guard in the French consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, prompting France to advocate there to be on”high alert”
Over the previous week, protests and calls for a boycott of French goods have spread quickly from Bangladesh to Pakistan to Kuwait. Social networking continues to be pulsing with anti-France hashtags.
At a Friday sermon aired live on Egyptian state TV, the nation’s ministry of religious endowments seemed to denounce any violent retaliation for those cartoons.
“Love of the prophet can’t be voiced by killing, sabotaging, or responding to evil with evil,” explained Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, addressing dozens of worshippers in a mosque in Egypt’s Delta state of Daqahleya.