Tens of thousands of staunch Muslims from Pakistan to Lebanon took part in anti-French protests on Friday, which included hanging an image of a French president Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel Macron Protesting Muslims with a hard line march to the French embassy, hanging Macron in a monster Officials arrest a new suspect in the French church attack, heightened security signal Suspicious from Nice, France murders came to the country from Italy, The Associated Press reported.
The demonstrations came in response to Macron, who defended the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad a day after a deadly stab wound to a Catholic church in France.
Hundreds of protesters in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, tried to head to the French ambassador̵
About 2,000 protesters in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, marched on the French embassy before police blocked their movement with force and tear gas.
Some 10,000 followers of the radical Islamic party Tehreek-e-Labbaik took to the streets of the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, chanting anti-French slogans.
“There is only one punishment for blasphemy,” shouted Hadim Hussein Rizvi, a cleric who led the march in Lahore.
“Decapitation! Decapitation!” the protesters shouted in unison.
Hundreds of Palestinians protested against Macron at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, chanting, “We are sacrificing our souls and blood for our Prophet Muhammad.”
Hundreds of Muslims are protesting against France in Bangladesh
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Muslims in Bangladesh also took part in anti-French protests, carrying banners condemning Macron as “the world’s biggest terrorist.”
The demonstrations came a day after three people in a Catholic church were stabbed to death in the French city of Nice. The incident is being investigated as a terrorist attack.
Macron later deployed thousands of troops to protect schools and religious sites in the country.
“If we are attacked another time, it is because of our values, our freedoms and our ability to believe freely without succumbing to terrorism,” Macron said, according to NPR.
Tensions were already high before the attack in Nice after a French teacher was beheaded earlier this month after he showed his class cartoons to the Prophet Muhammad.
The attack came five years after 12 Charlie Hebdo employees were killed after a satirical magazine published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
The magazine published the cartoons earlier this year before the first trial of 13 suspects charged in connection with the deadly attack.