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Close French Embassy in Kabul, protestors ask govt

Close French Embassy in Kabul, protestors ask govt

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Jan 18, 2015 - 20:41

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): University students on Sunday staged a protest demonstration in eastern Nangarhar province against the publication of sacrilegious cartoons in a French weekly, asking the government to close the Embassy of France in Kabulinfo-icon.

Heavily armed men attacked the French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Jan 8, killing 12 people, including the editor-in-chief and prominent cartoonists. But in its latest edition, the satirical weekly again published a cartoon of an Arab man but with a tear in his eye, holding a “Je Suis Charlie” sign under the headline “All is forgiven”.

Nangarhar University students carried out a peaceful protest demonstration against the magazine and asked the Afghan government to close the French Embassy in Kabul.

Speaking on behalf of the protestors, a student, Sher Ali, read out a resolution letter, asking the Afghan government to expel the French ambassador in Kabul and close the embassy.

Ali read: “We are ready to defend our religion Islam; we live and die for the Prophet Mohammad (pbup).” Residents of southeastern Paktika province also protested against the magazine a few days ago. 

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