Thousands of Muslims took to the streets on Friday to protest against France in many places including Pakistan, Lebanon and Palestinian Territories. The President of France has pledged to protect the right of expression in relation to the printing of cartoons of the Prophet, after which the Muslim world has boiled over.
Demonstrations turned violent in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad when around 2000 people tried to go to the French embassy. Police fired tear gas shells and used sticks to disperse the protesters. Protesters shouted slogans and blocked roads in Lahore, Pakistan. Protesters in Multan burnt effigies of French President Emmanuel Macron.
Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated against the Macros outside the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. They shouted slogans during the protest, “We will sacrifice for Prophet Mohammad.” Some youths clashed with the Israeli police in the old city. Police said they dispersed the mob and detained three people. People also demonstrated in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon
Around 50,000 people participated in the demonstration in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and burnt an effigy of Macros. People shouted slogans to stop ‘racism’, hatred against ‘Islam’ and appealed to boycott France’s products. Members of the Islamic party Hajb-e-Islami also burnt the flag of France in Afghanistan.
From Bangladesh, Pakistan to Kuwait, the appeal to boycott French products has been gaining momentum since last week. A campaign is also being run against France on social media. Turkey has also strongly criticized France.