Muhammad Cartoon Row: French Opposition Leader Marine Le Pen Calls For Ban On Immigration From Pakistan and Bangladesh

by Swarajya Staff - Oct 31, 2020 11:27 AM +05:30 IST
Muhammad Cartoon Row: French Opposition Leader Marine Le Pen Calls For Ban On Immigration From Pakistan and Bangladesh Marine Le Pen (Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

French opposition leader Marine Le Pen has called for ban to be imposed on Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigration amidst largest scale protests in the two South Asian Muslim nations against France.

Le Pen tweeted (roughly translated) “In view of the new ultra-violent demonstrations today in #Bangladesh (demonstrators who called to behead our ambassador), and #Pakistan , I call for an immediate moratorium on immigration from these countries, in the name of national security. MLP.“

Tens of thousands of Muslims in Pakistan and Bangladesh took to the streets and torched an effigy of President Emmanuel Macron over his recent remarks on Islamic terror.

Macron has become a target of protest in several Muslim-majority countries after his clarion call for defence of French secularism. He spoke out after a teacher was beheaded earlier this month for showing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Macron condemned the gruesome beheading of a French history teacher who showed cartoons of Mohammed in class.

Muslims view any depiction of Mohammed as blasphemous. But since the beheading, the cartoons have been displayed by French Citizens in solidarity with the murdered teacher, angering some Muslims.

Macron said that the teacher, Samuel Paty, "was killed because Islamists want our future", but France would "not give up our cartoons".

Just yesterday, a radical Islamist teacher at a Pakistani Islamic seminary Jamia Hafsa beheaded the effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron in front of women students many of whom were children.

The act was done to demonstrate their anger against French President for defending the right to draw cartoons of prophet Muhammad.

Earlier this week, thousands of Muslims hit the streets of Dhaka demanding a boycott of French goods and severing diplomatic relations with France.

An estimated 40,000 people took part in the march, which was organised by Islami Andolan Bangladesh, one of Bangladesh's largest Islamist parties.

Several hundred activists and leaders of the party joined the rally at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque. The protestors then marched towards the French Embassy located in the Gulshan diplomatic area to lay siege to it. But police intercepted them in the by putting barricades on the road.

Protesters chanted "Boycott French products" and called for President Emmanuel Macron to be punished. They also called for law that provides serious punishment for those insulting Islam and Mohammad (regarded by Muslim as their prophet) in Bangladesh.

"Macron is one of the few leaders who worship Satan," senior Islami Andolan leader Ataur Rahman told protesters. He also urged the Bangladeshi government to expel France's ambassador.

Earlier this week over 2,000 protesters in Islamabad marched towards the French embassy, pushing aside shipping containers that had been placed to block their path.

The crowed shouted "expel the French dog" and "behead the blasphemous" but were prevented from reaching the embassy by further guarded barricades.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday (Oct 25) accused French President Emmanuel Macron of "attacking Islam", after the European leader refused to back down and defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Mohammed )who Muslims consider their prophet) .

"By attacking Islam, clearly without having any understanding of it, President Macron has attacked & hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims in Europe & across the world. "Imran Khan said.

Imran Khan had earlier blasted Charlie Hebdo for re-publishing the cartoons.

Imran Khan’s predictable Twitter rant came within a day of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan launching a attack on his French counterpart Macron, saying he needed treatment and “mental checks” over his attitude towards Muslims and Islam.

The French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has issued a safety instruction for citizens in Bangladesh among other countries advising them to take precaution and to stay away from any demonstration devoted to caricatures and avoid attending public gatherings.

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