Hundreds of protesters marched in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Wednesday to protest remarks made by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons in a French satirical magazine which are seen by some as insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.
Protesters dragged the French flag through the streets before setting it on fire, urging Muslims around the world to unite in a boycott of French products.
Somalis step on a French flag during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron's comments, along the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Feisal Omar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY pic.twitter.com/tmKnlxrqy1
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Demonstrations have been taking place in several countries after Macron refused to condemn the caricatures on several occasions.
The issue has once again come to light following the killing of a Paris school teacher who was beheaded by a radical Islamist last week after showing the cartoons to his class.
One protester in Mogadishu accused the French president of trying to “defame our prophet”, and warned the Macron and the French people “will not be able to win in your battle, you will fail”.
Another argued that Macron “must be punished”.
Thousands of Muslims in Somalia came to street to protest against France. The calls for boycott of #french_products have gained momentum in #Somalia, pic.twitter.com/YXTS7KEapE
— Mohamed Abdullahi (@Moasamatar) October 28, 2020