Anger towards Emmanuel Macron grows in Muslim world

Source: The Guardian

Protests take place in several countries against French president in aftermath of crackdown

Michael Safi in Beirut, Redwan Ahmed in Dhaka, Akhtar Mohammad Makoii in Herat and Shah Meer Baloch in Islamabad

Protesters burn an effigy of Emmanuel Macron during a demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, on 27 October Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

On the front page of a hardline Iranian newspaper, he was the “Demon of Paris”. In the streets of Dhaka he was decried as a leader who “worships Satan”. Outside Baghdad’s French embassy, a likeness of Emmanuel Macron was burned along with France’s flag.

Rage is growing across the Muslim world at the French president and his perceived attacks on Islam and the prophet Muhammad, leading to calls for boycotts of the French products and security warnings for France’s citizens in majority-Muslim states.

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European Convention on Human Rights describes national security and six other exceptions to free speech.  I suppose for the sake of international peace, not abusing the father figure of 1.8 billion Muslims can be one such concession as well.

I am trying to bring the Christians, the Muslims, the agnostics and the atheists towards shared values rather than plunging into hate based on the ideas, where we do not agree.

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