Shiites hold a protest against France in Abuja, the country’s flag is lit

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020, Under: News

Shiites hold a protest against France in Abuja, the country’s flag is lit

After a derogatory publication about the Prophet Muhammad by a French citizen, members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria organized a protest in Abuja against French President Emmanuel Macron.

After the brutal murder of French professor Samuel Pati near Paris, Macron defended freedom of speech: “We will not give up cartoons and drawings, even if others retreat,” demanding an end to hatred and violence and respect for others.

Macron’s comment that Islam is “in crisis” and his defense of an offensive cartoon that Muslims describe as an insult to their prophet sparked a global backlash as Muslims around the world protested and demanded a boycott of French products.

Members of the sect marched in large numbers from the Nitel junction to the Vousse market and set fire to the French flag, which led to a crowd in the city.

The secretary of the Academic Forum of the Movement, Abdullahi Musa, said that the purpose of the demonstration was to condemn the actions of the French President for derogatory publications.

He said;

“We set fire to the French flag in response to the attack by French President Emmanuel Macron on Islam and Muslims following the horrific crime of Charlie Hebdo magazine publishing the Prophet’s cartoons.”

The protest ended in the Wusse market and forced vehicle owners to use alternative routes.