Mass demonstration after the brutal murder of a teacher
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In Paris, many people demonstrated in the Place de la République. They demonstrated their solidarity with the teacher, who was apparently killed because of a discussion about cartoons on Mohammed. Rallies took place all over France.
T.Thousands gathered for a demonstration of solidarity in Paris on Sunday afternoon after the brutal murder of a teacher. At 3 p.m., people clapped for minutes in the Republic Square in the east of the city center. Many kept in the air inscriptions with the inscription “Je suis Prof” or “Je suis enseignant” (English: I am a teacher). The place was packed.
Editors of the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” joined the demonstration of SOS Racisme and the teachers’ unions. People took to the streets across the country. The Republic Square in the east of Paris is a symbolic place – after the terrorist series in January 2015, which also included the attack on “Charlie Hebdo”, people from all over France honored the memory of the victims. Since then, the square has become a central place for sympathy after the terrorist attacks.
On Friday afternoon, the teacher was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen of alleged terrorist motives. The attacker was shot. In other cities, such as Marseille or Bordeaux, people also wanted to take to the streets.
The brutal murder of a teacher has caused horror throughout France. According to the prosecutor’s office, the alleged motive of the perpetrator was that the teacher a few weeks ago showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as part of classes on freedom of speech.
The criminal boasted of the crime
The reason for this was the discussion about the republication of cartoons on Mohammed in the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo”. According to the prosecutor’s office, the criminal, who was born in Moscow in 2002 and had Russian-Chechen roots, boasted about it on the Internet after the crime.
Now the police have arrested the eleventh suspect. No more details about the man were reported on Sunday. Prime Minister Jean Castex told the Journal of Dimanche that the government is working on a strategy to better protect teachers. “I want teachers to know that after this vicious act, the whole country is behind them.”