Thousands protest against Charlie Hebdo in Karachi

March through the streets of Karachi is the biggest in a series of demonstrations against the magazine

Afp January 22, 2015
People burn the French flag in a protest against satirical French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Quetta. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: Thousands of people marched through Karachi on Thursday in the largest protest yet against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing sacrilegious cartoons.

The march through the streets of Karachi is the biggest in a series of demonstrations against the magazine, whose Paris offices were attacked on January 7 by gunmen, killing 12 people.

An intelligence official overseeing the rally told AFP that the protesters numbered in the "thousands", still a relatively small turnout in a city of 18 million people.

Protesters carried green flags printed with the Prophet's (pbuh) mausoleum and chanted anti-Charlie Hebdo slogans as they marched.

"Down with Charlie Hebdo, down with the blasphemers," they shouted.

Many carried placards demanding blasphemers be killed.

Across the border in Afghanistan, around 50 people gathered outside the French Embassy in Kabul to protest against the magazine, chanting "France you are the devil".

Charlie Hebdo last week published a "survivors" issue with the issue quickly sold out before more copies of an eventual print run of five million hit newsstands.

Under the country’s strict blasphemy laws, insulting the Prophet (pbuh) can carry the death penalty, and the country's prime minister and parliament last week strongly condemned the publication of the cartoons.

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At least three people were injured on Friday when protesters and police clashed at an anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstration outside the French consulate in Karachi.

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They included AFP photographer Asif Hassan, who was shot in the back and is now recovering in hospital.

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True Karachiwala | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Media coverage of this rally is pathetic.

LS | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Wow - I believe this is third such rally against Charlie Hebdo in Pakistan! Even Peshawar could not invoke such kind of response goes to say what is the state of general population there. Last week 3-4 people died in these protests in the same city and still they are at it.

Well done, Baccho ki dekh bhaal kar nahi sakte Islam ki dekh bhaal karne chale hai

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