Government buildings in France flashed caricatures of Prophet Muhammad from the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in defense of Islamist extremism.
The controversial caricature associated with the killing of Patty was displayed on town halls in the French cities of Montpellier and Toulouse for several hours on Wednesday evening, media and social media reports confirm.
Armed police guarded the vicinity where the controversial images were flashed, bright and big in front of the world. It was a remarkable show of resistance against the radical sect.
The cartoons from the same newspaper that led to the beheading of the French teacher called Samuel Patty were shown to hit back at the horrifying instance of Islamic terrorism that shook the world last week.
The protest was concluded with an official memorial attended by the Franch President Emmanuel Marcon and the victim’s family in Paris.
Samuel Patty became the victim of Islamic extremism days after he allegedly showed a caricature of Prophet Mohammad from the Charlie Hebdo newspaper during a History class about freedom of expression.
An18-years-old boy, later identified as Abdullakh Anzorov beheaded the teacher outside the school while the teacher was walking back home.
Anzorov reportedly paid €300 (£270; $355) to two teenagers to identify Patty, before slaying him, anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard said at a press conference.
The teenager who killed Patty was shot dead by the French police shortly after the incident and more than a dozen has been arrested so far under investigation on the case.
Tens of thousands took to the streets of Paris on last week’s Sunday to protest against terrorism, and pay tribute to the History teacher, and defend freedom of expression.
Mr. Patty was posthumously awarded the highest civilian award in France – the Légion d’Honneur, and President Marcon hailed him a ‘quiet hero’ who upheld the French Republic.
“Samuel Paty on Friday became the face of the Republic, of our desire to break the will of the terrorists… and to live as a community of free citizens in our country” the French President was quoted as saying on Wednesday’s event.
Charlie Hebdo — the French newspaper whose cartoons have drawn the ire of terrorists — was attacked by Jihadists in 2015. On 7th January, two brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi stormed the newspaper’s Paris offices and opened fire, killing the editor, a copy editor, two columnists, a guest attendee, and four cartoonists.
Last week’s attack is the second of this kind after the 2015 gun rampage. Fourteen people, alleged of helping the two Jihadists orchestrate the 2015 attack faces trial.
Earlier in September, Charlie Hebdo republished the controversial caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, including one where the Prophet was wearing a bomb instead of a turban.
The latest issue of the magazine did not republish the Prophet’s images, but had decapitated depiction of people from different professions, with a headline-
Who’s turn next?Charlie Hebdo, edition