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Samuel Paty beheading: Teacher’s slaying spurs protests across France
By Pierre Buet and Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN
Paris (CNN) Demonstrators took to the streets of French locales Sunday lauding free speech and decrying violence against educators after the slaying of a teacher who used caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad during a lesson.
Thousands gathered in and around Paris’ Place de la République, some holding signs showing the front page of Charlie Hebdo — a satirical magazine targeted by extremists after showing cartoons of the prophet — while others lofted placards, saying, “No to Islamisation” and “Nazislamisation is cutting our throats.”
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Prime Minister Jean Castex and other politicians were on hand at the protests.A special needs teacher who works in the Paris area told CNN she joined the demonstration because she was shocked by the killing.
France teacher had received ‘days of threats’ before his brutal killing
The teacher who was beheaded in a street in France had received threats after showing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils, French media report.
He has been named as 47-year-old Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher.
Nine people have been arrested, including the parents of a child at Mr Paty’s school, judicial sources are quoted as saying.
Police say the attacker was an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin.
The killing took place while a trial is under way in Paris over a 2015 Islamist assault on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was targeted for publishing the cartoons.
President Emmanuel Macron said the attack bore all the hallmarks of an “Islamist terrorist attack” and the teacher had been murdered because he “taught freedom of expression”.
Speaking at the scene hours after the incident, he stressed national unity. “They will not prevail, they will not divide us,” he said.
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