According to Macron’s statements on Islam, 40,000 people in Bangladesh took part in an anti-France demonstration. The participants called for a boycott of French goods and burned a picture of the politician.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Bangladesh in protest against the statements of French President Emmanuel Macron on Islam. According to police reports, more than 40,000 people took part in the demonstration in the capital Dhaka on Tuesday. The protesters called for a boycott of French goods and burned a picture of Macron. The police stopped the protest march before it got near the French embassy.
The background to the protest is the statements and actions of French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday. He had sided with those who wanted to show or publish insulting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Macron also commissioned the cartoons to be displayed on some public buildings.
France will not “renounce caricatures and drawings, even if others withdraw from them,” Macron said during a commemoration of the death of the teacher Samuel Paty. Paty had shown caricatures of Mohammed in class and had been beheaded in the street by an 18-year-old man. The suspect was then shot dead by the police.
After the extremist attack on the teacher, Macron had claimed that Islam was in a “crisis”. He also announced stricter controls on mosques and other Muslim institutions. These statements caused outrage in the Muslim world. Hundreds of people took to the streets in several countries over the weekend.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Macron to have his “state of mind checked” and also called for a boycott of French goods. Several EU states as well as EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen showed solidarity in the conflict with France and criticized Erdoğans statements.
TRT German and agencies.