Shut down French Embassy, protestors ask govt
MAIDAN SHAHAR (Pajhwok): Over hundreds residents of the Jalrez district of central Maidan Wardak province on Tuesday rallied against the recent publication of sacrilegious cartoons in a French weekly.
Enraged by the blasphemous caricatures by the French weekly, the protestors asked the government to close the Embassy of France in Kabul, an official said.
Heavily-armed men attacked the magazine Charlie Hebdo on Jan 8, killing 12 people, including the editor-in-chief and prominent cartoonists.
In its latest edition, the satirical weekly republished the cartoon of an Arab man but with tears in his eyes, holding a “Je Suis Charlie” sign under the headline “All is forgiven”.
Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, said around 1,500 people took to the streets in Jalrez, demanding the closure of the French Embassy.
He said the protestors halted the traffic flow on the Bamyan-Kabul road. Some of them entered clashes with passengers. As a result, one protestor was injured.
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