Consumers stood on footage of Emmanuel Macron’s face and used them as a social distancing information in a Libyan clothes retailer at this time, amid anger on the French president for defending Prophet Mohammed cartoons and cracking down on radical Islam.
The equivalent Macron posters – defaced with footprints – had been laid out at applicable intervals in a clothes retailer close to Tripoli.
The Libyan capital has additionally seen protests the place Macron portraits have been stamped on and set on hearth amid demonstrations throughout the Muslim world.
Macron has develop into the main target of protests after vowing a crackdown on ‘Islamist separatism’ in France and staunchly defending the Mohammed cartoons which led to a instructor’s homicide two weeks in the past.
The French authorities has additionally shut down a Paris mosque and raided different Islamic associations within the wake of Samuel Paty’s beheading.
Stand right here: A person stands on an image of Emmanuel Macron’s face whereas queuing in a retailer in Tripoli at this time amid anger on the French president throughout the Muslim world
Many Macrons: This ladies’s clothes retailer used the equivalent Macron posters to keep up social distancing as individuals waited at a until close to Tripoli
Libya is considered one of many Muslim-majority international locations the place worshippers have voiced their anger at Macron in latest days.
Some have referred to as for a boycott on French items whereas others have set hearth to French flags within the streets of Tripoli.
Libya’s overseas ministry on Tuesday condemned Macron’s ‘reckless insults’ in direction of Islam after the French president defended the correct to blaspheme.
A overseas ministry spokesman demanded that Macron apologise to the world’s 1.5billion Muslims, in response to Libyan media.
Macron has described murdered instructor Samuel Paty as a ‘hero’ and mentioned his dying was an assault on freedom of expression, after Paty confirmed one of many offensive Charlie Hebdo cartoons to his class.
Earlier than Paty’s grisly dying, Macron had vowed to combat ‘Islamist separatism’ in France and described the faith as being ‘in disaster everywhere in the world’.
The Macron portraits had been defaced with footprints because the French president is focused by protests for defending blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed
A girl walks on Macron’s head within the retailer in Tripoli at this time amid anger in Libya on the French president’s latest statements
France and Turkey – who’ve beforehand clashed over Libya amongst different points – have additionally been at loggerheads over a Charlie Hebdo cartoon mocking Turkish chief Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan referred to as the cartoonists ‘scoundrels’ and accused the West of eager to ‘relaunch the Crusades’ by attacking Islam after the picture appeared on the entrance of this week’s journal.
‘I need not say something to these scoundrels who insult my beloved prophet on such a scale,’ Erdogan mentioned, calling it a ‘disgusting assault’.
In the meantime Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani additionally took intention at France at this time by warning that insulting the Prophet would encourage ‘violence and bloodshed’.
Rouhani mentioned that ‘the West ought to perceive that… insulting the Prophet is insulting all Muslims, all prophets, all human values, and trampling ethics’.
‘Insulting the prophet isn’t any achievement. It is immoral. It is encouraging violence,’ Rouhani mentioned in a televised speech throughout the weekly cupboard assembly.
‘It is a shock that this could come from these claiming tradition and democracy, that they might in some way, even when unintentionally, encourage violence and bloodshed,’ he added.
Demonstrators set hearth to footage of Macron in Tripoli, considered one of which incorporates the face of Libyan normal Khalifa Haftar photoshopped onto a lady’s physique
Folks burn a French flag within the Martyrs’ Sq. in Tripoli on the weekend amid anger at Macron and the French authorities
Rouhani additionally referred to as on the West to ‘cease interfering in Muslims’ inside affairs’ if it ‘actually seeks to attain peace, equality, calm and safety in at this time’s societies’.
Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan despatched a letter to the leaders of fellow Muslim international locations calling on them to ‘counter the rising Islamophobia in non-Muslim states’, particularly Western ones.
Khan warned of a ‘harmful cycle’ through which ‘hurtful actions lead to reactions from Muslims as they see their religion and their beloved Prophet focused which ends up in additional discriminatory actions by governments’.
He argued that if European governments may restrict free speech by banning Holocaust denial, they need to even be keen to crack down on blasphemy that causes ‘ache and harm’ to Muslims.
‘There must be an understanding by the Western world of giving the same respect to Muslims,’ Khan mentioned within the letter dated at this time.
European leaders have come to Macron’s defence in his row with Erdogan, with Britain’s overseas secretary Dominic Raab at this time calling on NATO allies to face collectively in defence of tolerance and free speech.
‘The UK stands in solidarity with France and the French individuals within the wake of the appalling homicide of Samuel Paty,’ Raab mentioned in a veiled rebuke to Turkey.
Beforehand, European leaders together with German chancellor Angela Merkel had defended Macron after Erdogan recommended he wanted ‘psychological checks’.
‘They’re defamatory feedback which are fully unacceptable, notably towards the backdrop of the horrific homicide of the French instructor Samuel Paty by an Islamist fanatic,’ Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert mentioned.