” Sunt eu pazitorul fratelui meu ? „
Caci vestirea pe care ati auzit-o de la inceput este aceasta: sa ne iubim unii pe altii; nu cum a fost Cain, care era de la cel rau si a ucis pe fratele sau. Si pentru ce l-a ucis? Pentru ca faptele lui erau rele, iar ale fratelui sau erau neprihanite.
Nu va mirati, fratilor, daca va uraste lumea
. Noi stim ca am trecut din moarte la viata, pentru ca iubim pe frati. Cine nu iubeste pe fratele sau ramane in moarte.
Charlie Hebdo demos turn bloody from Niger to Pakistan
Niamey (AFP) – Thousands demonstrated across the world on Friday and violent clashes erupted in Niger and Pakistan as Muslims vented fury over a new Prophet Mohammed cartoon published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Four people were killed and 45 injured in protests in Niger’s second city of Zinder that turned violent with demonstrators ransacking three churches and torching the French cultural centre.
A doctor in the city’s hospital told AFP that all of the dead and three of the injured had gunshot wounds.
„We’ve never seen that in living memory in Zinder,” a local administration official said. „It’s a black Friday.”
There was also bloodshed in Karachi, Pakistan, where three people were injured when protesters clashed with police outside the French consulate, officials said. Among them was an AFP photographer, who was shot in the back.
Washington condemned the violence, stressing the „universal” right of the press to freely publish any kind of information.
„No act of legitimate journalism, however offensive some might find it, justifies an act of violence,” said State Department spokesman Jeffrey Rathke.
As protesters in Dakar and Mauritania torched French flags, Qatar and Bahrain warned that the new Prophet Mohammed cartoon published Wednesday by the French satirical weekly could fuel hatred.
The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo features a cartoon of Mohammed on its cover holding a „Je Suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) sign under the headline „All is forgiven”.
Distributor MLP said the weekly had sold 1.9 million copies so far, with a total of five million to be printed, compared with its usual sales of around 60,000.
It was the first edition since brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi gunned down 12 people in an attack on the magazine’s Paris offices on January 7 over such cartoons.
The image has angered many Muslims as depictions of Mohammed are widely considered forbidden in Islam.
On the Muslim weekly day of prayers, thousands flooded the streets of Bamako in response to calls by leading clerics and Mali’s main Islamic body, chanting „Hands off my prophet” and „I am Muslim and I love my prophet”.
In Jordan’s Amman, around 2,500 protesters set off from Al-Husseini mosque under tight security, holding banners that read „insulting the prophet is global terrorism”.
There were clashes between protesters and riot police in Algiers, where up to 3,000 marchers chanted „We are all Mohammed”, though some shouted their support for the Islamist Kouachi brothers.
– French flags torched –
AFP photographer Asif Hassan, a policeman and a local TV cameraman were injured in Karachi when clashes broke out there between police and protesters.
A police official said the violence began when authorities prevented some 350 protesters from approaching the French consulate in the sprawling metropolis.
Elsewhere in Pakistan, protesters in Peshawar and Multan burnt French flags on the streets, while rallies were also held in Islamabad and Lahore.
In Dakar, the capital of Senegal, police fired tear gas grenades to disperse about 1,000 protesters who chanted „Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) and torched a French flag.
In Nouakchott in Mauritania, thousands marched chanting „We are here to defend the prophet”. Some set fire to a French flag after security forces prevented them from reaching France’s embassy, witnesses said.
Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz addressed the marchers, condemning the controversial cartoon as „an attack on our religion and on all religions”.
Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated quietly in Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, some with banners reading „Islam is a religion of peace!”
While in Khartoum, hundreds poured out of the Grand Mosque and marched across the adjacent square, chanting „Expel the French ambassador. Victory to the Prophet of God!”
In Lebanon’s flashpoint city of Tripoli, 70 people marched with banners bearing the name of the prophet and chanting.
Prayer leader Sheikh Mohammed Ibrahimi addressed hundreds of worshippers in Baddawi, on the outskirts of the city, saying: „May God punish this newspaper and those who back it”.
Protests also erupted in areas of conflict-hit Syria held by rebels and jihadists with demonstrators demanding „respect for religions”, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
A protest in Tehran was cancelled, with no official reason given, as senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ali Movahedi Kermani told worshippers the cartoon’s publication amounted to „savagery”.
– ‘Disgraceful’ –
Muslim governments also joined the chorus of condemnation of the cartoon.
Qatar branded as „offensive” the drawing, which was reprinted by several European papers in a show of solidarity with the victims of last week’s attack.
„These disgraceful actions are in the interest of nobody and will only fuel hatred and anger,” the foreign ministry warned.
Bahrain’s foreign ministry echoed that, saying publication of such cartoons „will create fertile ground for the spread of hatred and terrorism”.
Charlie Hebdo’s latest cartoon is „disgraceful” and no more than attempt to provoke Muslims and mock their beliefs, it said.
Qatar and Bahrain had sent representatives to a massive march in Paris last Sunday in support of free speech, alongside French President Francois Hollande and many other world leaders, including Muslims.
Moroccan man murdered in ‘Islamophobic’ attack in France
Avignon (France) (AFP) – A Moroccan man was stabbed to death in his own home in southern France in what a Muslim group called a „horrible Islamophobic” attack the week after France was rocked by the Charlie Hebdo killings.
The 28-year-old attacker forced the front door of his neighbours’ house in the picturesque village of Beaucet near Avignon just after midnight on Wednesday shouting „I am your god, I am your Islam” before repeatedly stabbing Mohamed El Makouli, the National Observatory Against Islamophobia said Friday.
The 47-year-old man was disarmed but later returned with another knife and attacked the father-of-one again, this time killing him.
His 31-year-old partner tried to save him, and suffered wounds to her hands, before fleeing with their young child to call the police, officials said.
An autopsy showed El Makouli had been stabbed 17 times.
Prosecutors in Avignon confirmed that a man had been charged on Thursday with „murder, attempted murder and possession of drugs”, before being committed to a psychiatric hospital in nearby Montfavet.
„The Islamophobic aspect will be investigated when we interview this boy who claims to have heard voices,” a spokesman added.
Observatory president Abdallah Zekri condemned the attack „as a horrible Islamophobic attack” and claimed that the victim’s partner was very clear about what the man shouted. „She is sure of what he (the attacker) said,” he told AFP.
The regional Muslim council said that while it was waiting for „the conclusions of the enquiry”, it feared the climate of suspicion and hostility after last week’s Paris terror attacks were having an effect on „the most fragile of our fellow citizens”.
Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said Friday the government was going to stiffen laws against racism and anti-Semitism, and wants to give the authorities powers to block Internet hate sites „as already happens with ones that carry child pornography”.
More than 50 anti-Muslim incidents including attacks on mosques have been recorded by the Central Council of Muslims in France since the Paris shootings by three Islamist gunmen left 17 dead, including 12 at the offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo weekly.
A source close to the investigation of the Beaucet murder said he did not think it was „a purely Islamophobic act,” although he admitted that the events of the past week could have „stirred up fear and a rise in adrenaline”. He said the alleged attacker was in an incoherent state when he was arrested near the scene.