Hugs for Peace: Muslim Asks Parisians to Embrace Him After Terror Attacks

© Sputnik / Natalya NovikovaPlace de la Republique in central Paris
Place de la Republique in central Paris - Sputnik International
Days after the Paris terror attacks, a French Muslim stood in a Paris square and asked his fellow Parisians to hug him.

Place de la Republique in central Paris - Sputnik International
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A French Muslim opened his arms to Parisians on Monday, when he blindfolded himself and stood in Paris' Place de la Republique, asking his fellow Parisians to hug him.

"I'm a Muslim, but I'm told that I'm a terrorist," he wrote on a placard on the floor next to him.

"I trust you, do you trust me? If yes, HUG ME," read the second message.

A crowd of Parisians gathered around; many hugged the man, others took photos, and some got emotional.


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"I would like to thank every one of you for giving me a hug," he said at the end of the action, taking off his blindfold.

"I did this to send a message to everyone. I am a Muslim, but that doesn't make me a terrorist. I never killed anybody."

"A terrorist is a terrorist, someone willing to kill another human being over nothing. A Muslim would never do that. Our religion forbids it."

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