20,000 Afghans Rally Against Charlie Hebdo – Torch French Flags (Video)
20,000 Afghans rallied against Charlie Hebdo magazine Friday in Herat.
The protesters torched French flags and chanted death slogans against France.
The mob was upset with the latest Hebdo cartoons.
At least 20,000 people protested in the western Afghan city of Herat on Friday against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.
The demonstrators burned French flags, chanted death slogans against France and demanded Paris apologise to Muslims in Afghanistan’s biggest rally yet against the weekly.
A smaller protest was held in the capital Kabul, where a few demonstrators threw stones at the French embassy, prompting guards to fire one or two warning shots.
“No Muslim can tolerate insults to our beloved prophet Mohammed, we demand the French government apologise to all Muslims and punish those who have insulted Islam,” said one protester in Herat.
There have been small, sporadic protests across Afghanistan since the magazine ran a cover image of the prophet with a tear in his eye, holding a sign saying “Je suis Charlie”.
That “survivors’ edition” followed an attack on the magazine’s offices in Paris in which 12 people were gunned down by Islamist militants. The massacre triggered a huge outpouring of anger and grief on social media, much of it using the hashtag “#jusuisCharlie”.
An AFP reporter at the scene in Herat and the provincial governor’s spokesman Ehsanullah Hayat said the crowd was at least 20,000 strong.