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Demonised for defending cartoons of the Prophet: President Macron is portrayed as the Devil as Iran and Saudi Arabia wade into blasphemy row and protests break out in Bangladesh

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline and Wires05:55 EDT 27 Oct 2020 , updated 06:52 EDT 27 Oct 2020



Protests against Macron are spreading across Islamic countries after he defended cartoons of Mohammed
  • Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, branding him a 'devil-worshipper'
  • Iranian newspaper depicted Macron as the Devil, as ambassador in Tehran was summoned in protest
  • Bangladeshis joined calls to boycott French products, which is already underway in Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar
Emmanuel Macron has found himself demonised at protests throughout the Islamic world as anger grows at his defence of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Bangladesh on Tuesday, branding him a 'Satan-worshipper' and burning him in effigy following smaller marches in Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey and Gaza on Monday.

Meanwhile hard-line Iranian newspaper Vatan-e Emrooz published a front-page cartoon of Macron as the Devil, branding him anti-Islamic and claiming that 'French extremists' had been seen burning copies of the Koran.

Iran also summoned the French ambassador on Tuesday in protest at Macron's remarks, calling them 'unwise'. Meanwhile Saudi Arabia put out a statement saying it 'denounces the offensive cartoons of the prophet'.


Bangladeshis also added their voices to calls for a widespread boycott of French goods, with shops in Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan and Palestinian territories already pulling products including makeup and food from the shelves.

Vatan-e Emrooz front page cartoon of Macron


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Vatan-e Emrooz front page cartoon of Macron
A photograph of Macron is burned at a protest on the West Bank


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A photograph of Macron is burned at a protest on the West Bank
Tens of thousands of activists took to the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday in anger at Macron's stance over the cartoons, and had to be blocked by police from reaching the French embassy


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Tens of thousands of activists took to the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday in anger at Macron's stance over the cartoons, and had to be blocked by police from reaching the French embassy
Protesters in Bangladesh branded Macron a 'Satan-worshipper', called for French products to be boycotted, and demanded that Macron be 'punished' for insulting the Prophet


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Protesters in Bangladesh branded Macron a 'Satan-worshipper', called for French products to be boycotted, and demanded that Macron be 'punished' for insulting the Prophet
Protesters try to tear down barbed wire barricades that police had set up to keep them away from the French embassy during protests in Dhaka on Tuesday


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Protesters try to tear down barbed wire barricades that police had set up to keep them away from the French embassy during protests in Dhaka on Tuesday

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Demonstrators shouted 'boycott France' and 'Macron will pay a high price' as they marched through downtown Dhaka on Tuesday in anger at Macron's comments
Protesters have been carrying images of Macron with shoes tied to them or a boot print across his face. Showing the sole of a shoe to someone is considered highly offensive in Islamic culture


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Protesters have been carrying images of Macron with shoes tied to them or a boot print across his face. Showing the sole of a shoe to someone is considered highly offensive in Islamic culture
An effigy of Macron with shoes tied around his neck - intended as a disrespectful gesture - is carried through the streets of Dhaka by protesters on Tuesday


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An effigy of Macron with shoes tied around his neck - intended as a disrespectful gesture - is carried through the streets of Dhaka by protesters on Tuesday

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Activists later burned an effigy of Macron, while calling on him to be 'punished' for insulting the Prophet

Macron spoke out in defence of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed following a terror attack in Paris, in which a teacher was beheaded for showing the caricatures to his class.

An 18-year-old Chechen is accused of carrying out the attack after a campaign against the teacher, started by parents whose children attend the school. Seven people have been arrested.

Amid the backlash, France has warned citizens living or travelling abroad to take extra security precautions amid fears they could be targeted.

The Foreign Ministry issued guidance to those in Turkey - whose President Erdogan has been among Macron's leading critics - Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq and Mauritania, telling them to 'exercise caution'.

The advisories said French citizens should stay away from any protests over the cartoons and avoid any public gatherings.

'In this context, it is recommended to exercise the greatest vigilance, especially while travelling, and in places that are frequented by tourists or expatriate communities,' the advisories stated.


A powerful association of clerics in the Iranian city of Qom also urged the government late Monday to condemn Macron for his remarks while calling on Islamic nations to impose political and economic sanctions on France.

In Saudi Arabia, the country's state-run Saudi Press Agency put out a statement quoting an anonymous Foreign Ministry official saying that the kingdom 'rejects any attempt to link Islam and terrorism, and denounces the offensive cartoons of the prophet.'

The agency did not immediately transmit the statement on its English or French services.

Already in the region, Kuwaiti stores pulled French yogurts and bottles of sparkling water from their shelves, Qatar University canceled a French culture week, and calls to stay away from the French-owned Carrefour grocery store chain were trending on social media in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.


Protests have been held in Iraq, Turkey and the Gaza Strip, and Pakistan's parliament passed a resolution condemning the publication of cartoons of the prophet.

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Activists and supporters of the Islami Andolon Bangladesh, a Islamist political party, hold a protest march calling for the boycott of French products and denouncing French president Emmanuel Macron

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Speakers at Baitul Mukarram national mosque (pictured), Bangladesh's largest, accused Macron of being 'one of the few leaders who worship Satan'
A protester in Iraq carries a portrait of Macron and his wife, denouncing the French President for disrespecting the Prophet


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A protester in Iraq carries a portrait of Macron and his wife, denouncing the French President for disrespecting the Prophet

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Iraqis burn a representation of the French flag and pictures of the French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest in front of the French embassy in Baghdad
A picture of French President Emmanuel Macron is burnt by Palestinians during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad near Hebron, on the West Bank


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A picture of French President Emmanuel Macron is burnt by Palestinians during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad near Hebron, on the West Bank
Protesters of the Islami Andolon Bangladesh, one of Bangladesh's largest Islamist parties, hold a a protest march


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Protesters of the Islami Andolon Bangladesh, one of Bangladesh's largest Islamist parties, hold a a protest march

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Workers at a supermarket in the Jordanian capital Amman remove French products of shelves during a boycott sparked by Macron's comments

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A shopper walks past French products that have been hidden behind a plastic cover at a shelf in a supermarket in the Jordanian capital Amman
Meanwhile tens of thousands of people marched through the Bangladesh capital on Tuesday calling for a boycott of French products and burning an effigy of Macron.

Police estimated that more than 40,000 people took part in the march organised by an Islamist party which was halted before it could get close to the French embassy in Dhaka.

Hundreds of officers used a barbed-wire barricade to stop the protesters who broke up without violence.

The rally was organised by Islami Andolon Bangladesh (IAB), one of the country's largest Islamist parties, and started at Bangladesh's biggest mosque.

Protesters chanted 'Boycott French products' and called for Macron to be punished.

'Macron is one of the few leaders who worship Satan,' Ataur Rahman, a senior Islami Andolon told the rally at the Baitul Mukarram national mosque.

Rahman called on the Bangladesh government to 'kick out' the French ambassador while another leader, Hasan Jamal, said activists would 'tear down every brick of that building' if the envoy was not ordered out.

'France is the enemy of Muslims. Those who represent them are also our enemies,' said Nesar Uddin, a young leader of the group.

Even after the rally was halted, demonstrators marched down other streets chanting 'Boycott France' and 'Macron will pay a high price'.

The French president's comments on Islam have already led to a diplomatic showdown with Turkey. Macron said the school teacher 'was killed because Islamists want our future'.

The UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the 'horrific murder' of teacher Samuel Paty on Tuesday, saying she 'unequivocally condemns the murder of the school teacher in France.'

 
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Exactly. BANGLADESHIS are turning it up. World is noticing the new economic leader of south asia.



Hahaha, yeah, we don't want to be left behind.



These are our equivalent of Sanghis, only less murderous.



Funny thing, we hang these guys by the dozen, but you lot elected a Sanghi as PM.....



Bharat Mata Ki Jai, always one step ahead, what a masterstroke by subramanians.



@Michael Corleone @Atlas assemble a BCL team, we have Shibirs to clean up on aisle 5.
 

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Hahaha, yeah, we don't want to be left behind.



These are our equivalent of Sanghis, only less murderous.



Funny thing, we hang these guys by the dozen, but you lot elected a Sanghi as PM.....



Bharat Mata Ki Jai, always one step ahead, what a masterstroke by subramanians.
This is not about India. Stick to the topic. They don't seem too concerned about hanging when they gathered in numbers. Lets see how the leader wants to lead South Asia.
 

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Just boycott France


It's a fair legitimate non violent protest


Will it break France? No!

But it will cost them in the middle of a Pandemic



There are 2 BILLION muslims now in the world




India needs to be on the list especially in South Asia and amongst muslim states and we have increased our attempts to identify India as a hindutva anti muslim cess pool

A legitimate non violent protest against hindutva extremist India in form of a boycott of Indian products, worker's is now much needed
 

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Just boycott France


It's a fair legitimate non violent protest


Will it break France? No!

But it will cost them in the middle of a Pandemic



There are 2 BILLION muslims now in the world




India needs to be on the list especially in South Asia and amongst muslim states and we have increased our attempts to identify India as a hindutva anti muslim cess pool

A legitimate non violent protest against hindutva extremist India in form of a boycott of Indian products, worker's is now much needed
of course, but what does Pakistan buy from India? Other muslim world sell and buys a lot.
 

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This is not about India. Stick to the topic. They don't seem to too concerned about hanging when they gathered in numbers. Lets see how the leader wants to lead South Asia.


Oh, so the scars from last week haven't healed yet, oh well.... Here you go


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Like burnol, but better....




About hanging, we hang leaders, not low level operatives, btw they're exercising their right to freedom of expression, who is the government of Bangladesh to stop them ??


If they speak up against our government, then action will be taken, so far it's targeted at France, so who cares what they do,....



Maybe in India, people other than Sanghis have no freedom of expression and peaceful assembly
 

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Again you keep going tangent. Keep discussion to Bangladesh. You claim to be better than India. lol. So stick to such higher levels and speak of this. Bangladeshis want to punish Macron, is it? But how though? By not selling $1.5 billion chaddis to them?

I suggest you stop engaging me for your own good.


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Relax Ramesh, I know undergarments are a far cry for those who don't even have toilets.




Don't derail the thread with your hurt feelings; "leader of South Asia"....
Only pigs come in numbers.

Hahahaha, what's wrong today ?

You seem distraught, run out of coconut oil ? Or did your Arab 'baba' beat you again ?
 

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Bangladeshi should show their resentment more. Burn down Dhaka so that other Muslim countries know how serious Bangladeshis are for defending the faith.
Show your frustration, showing anger is legitimate and right..!!??!
 

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2 billion Muslims should at least have consensus and declare this macron devil a radical extremist and boycott France on govt level meaning no imports at all.

Blasphemy against the religion or religious figure should be declared a crime.
 

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Bangladeshi should show their resentment more. Burn down Dhaka so that other Muslim countries know how serious Bangladeshis are for defending the faith.
Show your frustration, showing anger is legitimate and right..!!??!
Even France wouldn't mind such expression of freedom in Bangladesh.
 

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Bangladeshi should show their resentment more. Burn down Dhaka so that other Muslim countries know how serious Bangladeshis are for defending the faith.
Show your frustration, showing anger is legitimate and right..!!??!


Like your guys burned down Delhi few months ago ? No thank you.



Our government isn't led by a terrorists, so that won't happen.
 

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of course, but what does Pakistan buy from India? Other muslim world sell and buys a lot.
PAKISTAN buys very little our trade with India has collapsed

But the effort to use hindutva to enlighten other muslim countries is now in action and needs to be stepped up


Even this drawing nonsense, Indians as usual on SM tried to target muslims but this time the Muslim audience was BIG from across the world


This allowed us a opportunity to draw Indians into twitter, Facebook Social media flame war where they were goaded/insulted often in Urdu to reveal their anti muslim bigotry
Then we switch to English and use it as a opportunity to enlighten other muslim countries and people from around the world to hit back against the Indians/Hindus



The idea is eventually make India a wider target
 

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