“We are not Charlie, we are Kouachi,” screamed the protesters in reference to the two brothers.
Thousands of people across the Muslim world protested against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and its printing of the Prophet Mohammed cartoons on this weekend, Agence France-Presse reports.
In Pakistan, representatives from both religious and secular political parties gathered in all major cities, including Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, chanting slogans against Charlie Hebdo and French President Francois Hollande.
The largest march was in Lahore, where more than 6,000 people attended a rally, meanwhile, in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, over 2,000 people marched on the streets, urging Pakistan to sever relations with France. In Quetta, a city in northern Balochistan near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a group of protesters burned the French flag and pictures of the French president, AFP reports.
“We are not Charlie, we are Kouachi,” screamed the protesters in reference to the two brothers, who killed 12 people at the office of Charlie Hebdo on January 7.
During the protest in Karachi, three people were injured when the local police clashed with demonstrators outside the French consulate. A photographer working for AFP was shot in the back, France 24 reports.
Earlier this weekend, it was reported that at least 10 people were killed in Niger after violent protests against Charlie Hebdo.
“They offended our Prophet Mohammad, that’s what we didn’t like,” said Amadou Abdoul Ouahab, who took part in the demonstrations in Niger, as quoted by Reuters.
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