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French Flags, Hollande Pictures Burned at Charlie Hebdo Protests Worldwide

© REUTERS / Pascal RossignolFrench Muslim youths hold a Islamic flag (top) and a banner reading "Do not touch my prophet, anything but the Messenger of Allah" as they gather in central Paris January 18, 2015
French Muslim youths hold a Islamic flag (top) and a banner reading Do not touch my prophet, anything but the Messenger of Allah as they gather in central Paris January 18, 2015 - Sputnik International
Thousands protest across the Muslim world against Charlie Hebdo after the satirical magazine printed new cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed this week. French flags and pictures of French president are burned, French-run businesses, churches and French cultural centers have also been targeted.

MOSCOW, January 18 (Sputnik) – Thousands of people across the Muslim world protested against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and its printing of the Prophet Mohammed cartoons on this weekend, Agence France-Presse reports.

A man (2nd L) holds a sign reading Charlie and his allies are damned during a protest in Niamey Niger, January 17, 2015 - Sputnik International
Fresh Wave of Violence at Niger Anti-Charlie Hebdo Protests
In Pakistan, representatives from both religious and secular political parties gathered in all major cities, including Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, chanting slogans against Charlie Hebdo and French President Francois Hollande.

The largest march was in Lahore, where more than 6,000 people attended a rally, meanwhile, in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, over 2,000 people marched on the streets, urging Pakistan to sever relations with France. In Quetta, a city in northern Balochistan near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a group of protesters burned the French flag and pictures of the French president, AFP reports.

“We are not Charlie, we are Kouachi,” screamed the protesters in reference to the two brothers, who killed 12 people at the office of Charlie Hebdo on January 7.

People chant slogans as they hold signs during a protest against satirical French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo - Sputnik International
Anti-Charlie Hebdo Protests In Pakistan Turn Violent, At Least Two Injured
During the protest in Karachi, three people were injured when the local police clashed with demonstrators outside the French consulate. A photographer working for AFP was shot in the back, France 24 reports.

Earlier this weekend, it was reported that at least 10 people were killed in Niger after violent protests against Charlie Hebdo.

"They offended our Prophet Mohammad, that’s what we didn't like," said Amadou Abdoul Ouahab, who took part in the demonstrations in Niger, as quoted by Reuters.

The French embassy in Niamey, the capital of Niger, warned French citizens to stay home and avoid crowds after groups of protesters ransacked several French-linked businesses. During protests in Zinder, Niger’s second largest city, protesters destroyed three churches and put on fire the French cultural center, France 24 reports.

In Dakar, Senegal, about 1,000 gathered to protest, chanting “Allahu Akbar” and burning the French flags. Elsewhere in the world, protesters marched in Mauritania, Sudan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria, France 24 reports.

The demonstrations against Charlie Hebdo were sparked worldwide after the satirical weekly published more cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammad. The magazine placed a cartoon showing the prophet holding a "Je Suis Charlie" sign on the cover of its first issue after the January 7 attack.

Jean Paul Bierlein reads the new Charlie Hebdo outside a newsstand in Nice - Sputnik International
Charlie Hebdo in Bigger Demand Than Ever, 7 Mln Copies of New Issue Printed
On January 7, two gunmen burst into the editorial office of the magazine in Paris killing 12 people and injuring 11. Following a two-day nationwide manhunt, French police found and killed the attackers. The tragedy sparked mass rallies in support of freedom of speech in the West. At the same time, people in many Muslim countries held rallies against the Charlie Hebdo publications. The post-tragedy issue of Charlie Hebdo magazine also included cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. 

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