Protests against French President Emmanuel Macron enter a second week across the Muslim world


Protests against Emmanuel Macron have continued into their second week across the Muslim world in the wake of the leader’s comments over depictions of the Prophet Mohammed.

In Kolkata, India, thousands of protesters took to the streets today to express their outrage, and burned a model depicting the French President.

Meanwhile in Bangladesh, Muslims rallied and called for a boycott of French goods whilst condemning Macron for his remarks defending the controversial cartoons.

Protesters also swarmed the streets of Pakistan and burned pictures of the French President. It comes as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused Macron of attacking and hurting the sentiments of millions.   

Protesters burn an effigy depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a demonstration in Kolkata, India on November 4

Muslims protest against the comments made by Macron regarding caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in Kolkata today

Muslims protest against the comments made by Macron regarding caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in Kolkata today 

Muslims took to the streets in Sylhet, Bangladesh today and called for a boycott of French goods whilst condemning Macron for his comments

Muslims took to the streets in Sylhet, Bangladesh today and called for a boycott of French goods whilst condemning Macron for his comments

Protesters in Bangladesh today swarmed the streets of Sylhet and demonstrated against the French President's comments

Protesters in Bangladesh today swarmed the streets of Sylhet and demonstrated against the French President’s comments

Protesters in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, today burned pictures of Macron

Protesters in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, today burned pictures of Macron 

The protesters shout slogans and cheer before burning an effigy of Macron today in Rawalpindi

The protesters shout slogans and cheer before burning an effigy of Macron today in Rawalpindi

The protests have been raging for over a week across the world.

In Jakarta, more than 2,000 demonstrators wearing white Islamic robes gathered in front of the French embassy to express their outrage on Monday, and burned an effigy of the French President.

Meanwhile in Bangladesh, at least 50,000 people took part in the biggest demonstration yet over Macron’s remarks defending the controversial cartoons.

The protesters chanted ‘No defamation of the Prophet Mohammed’ and burned an effigy of the French leader. 

Macron sparked protests across the Muslim world after the murder last month of teacher Samuel Paty – who had shown his class a cartoon of Mohammed – by saying France would never renounce its laws permitting the caricatures.

Following the teacher’s beheading, satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo republished the controversial cartoons in September. 

After three people were murdered in Nice on October 29 in the latest in a long line of terror attacks in France, Macron said that France will not ‘give up on our values’ despite fury at the offensive cartoons.

Today, French buses removed Borat posters after they led to an outcry from Muslims over the near-naked comedy character wearing a ring that reads ‘Allah’.

Turkey has led the condemnation of France in recent days, with President Erdogan suggesting that Macron needs ‘mental checks’, comparing European leaders to ‘fascists’, and suggesting that Muslims in Europe are now treated the same as Jews before the Second World War. 

Pakistani protesters shouted slogans during a demonstration against Macron in Rawalpindi

Pakistani protesters shouted slogans during a demonstration against Macron in Rawalpindi

The Pakistani protesters gathered around and shouted slogans before burning an effigy of French President Macron

The Pakistani protesters gathered around and shouted slogans before burning an effigy of French President Macron 

Protesters in Pakistan, some wearing masks, take to the streets. It comes as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused Macron of attacking and hurting the sentiments of millions of Muslims across the world

Protesters in Pakistan, some wearing masks, take to the streets. It comes as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused Macron of attacking and hurting the sentiments of millions of Muslims across the world

Demonstrations continued today in Peshawar, Pakistan, where protesters held signs reading 'Muhammad'

Demonstrations continued today in Peshawar, Pakistan, where protesters held signs reading ‘Muhammad’

Thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday to demonstrate against Macron

Thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday to demonstrate against Macron

Indonesian Muslims burn a picture of Macron as they gather to condemn the French President's comments in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 2

Indonesian Muslims burn a picture of Macron as they gather to condemn the French President’s comments in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 2

Macron told Al Jazeera on Saturday he believed the strong reactions had come from Muslim nations because people had mistakenly thought that he supported the cartoons.

‘I understand the sentiments being expressed and I respect them. But you must understand my role right now, it’s to do two things: to promote calm and also to protect these rights,’ he said.

‘I will always defend in my country the freedom to speak, to write, to think, to draw. 

‘I think that the reactions came as a result of lies and distortions of my words because people understood that I supported these cartoons,” Macron said. 

‘The caricatures are not a governmental project, but emerged from free and independent newspapers that are not affiliated with the government,’ he added.  

French buses remove Borat posters after outcry from Muslims over the near-naked comedy character wearing a ring that reads ‘Allah’ 

A poster for the latest Borat film on Paris buses has caused anger among some French Muslims for featuring a nearly-naked Sacha Baron Cohen wearing a ring bearing the word ‘Allah’ in Arabic script. 

Incensed locals have taken to social media, accusing the city’s authorities of insulting Islam.  

While Paris’ main transport network RATP refused to remove the posters, buses on the TICE network, which operates in a largely-Muslim area, no longer feature the advert.  

The poster, which can be seen on the side of many Parisian buses, shows English actor Baron Cohen wearing a gold ring with the word ‘Allah’ written on it in Arabic and wearing only a face mask to cover his genitals in tribute to the ‘mankini’ his Borat character wore in the first film. 

The upset over the image comes at a time of sky-high tensions in France between the state, which argues that mocking religion is part of freedom of speech, and Muslims in France and beyond who feel especially targeted and disrespected by France’s stance.

A poster promoting the new Borat film on Paris' buses has angered some Muslims in the city as actor Sacha Baron Cohen is pictured wearing a ring bearing the word 'Allah'...and not much else

A poster promoting the new Borat film on Paris’ buses has angered some Muslims in the city as actor Sacha Baron Cohen is pictured wearing a ring bearing the word ‘Allah’…and not much else

The poster, which can be seen on the side of many Parisian buses, shows English actor Baron Cohen wearing a gold ring (circled) with the word 'Allah' written on it in Arabic

The poster, which can be seen on the side of many Parisian buses, shows English actor Baron Cohen wearing a gold ring (circled) with the word ‘Allah’ written on it in Arabic

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