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Angry Pakistanis March to the French Embassy in Islamabad to Express Anger Against France

Pakistani protesters attempted to march towards the French Embassy in Islamabad to vent their frustration towards French President Emmanuel Macron after cartoons of prophet Muhammad were projected at government buildings in support of free speech.

Pakistani protesters attempted to march towards the French Embassy in Islamabad to vent their frustration towards French President Emmanuel Macron after cartoons of prophet Muhammad were projected at government buildings in support of free speech. 

The cartoons were projected as a show of defiance after school teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by an Islamic terrorist in Paris for the cartoons to his students.

The protesters hanged an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron from a highway overpass after pounding it furiously with their shoes then burned it. 

Pakistani police have set up barricades to prevent the protesters from nearing the embassy.

Footages shared on Twitter have shown protesters attempting to go past the barricades which prompted police to deploy tear gas and beat them with batons.

After being driven back by police demonstrators staged a sit-in on the main road of Islamabad’s Red Zone. 

Elsewhere in Pakistan,  thousands of Muslims celebrating the Mawlid, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, took to the streets of Lahore chanting anti-France slogans, raising banners, and blocked paths to a Sufi shrine.

Aside from Pakistan, several protests were held in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Palestinian territories, India, and Somalia.

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