Crowds gathered all through France on Sunday to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, the 47-year-old historical past instructor who was beheaded after he reportedly confirmed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad throughout a civics lesson.

Rallies shaped in cities together with Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Marseille and Bordeaux. Thousands convened in Paris’ Place de la République, which Huffington Post France reported was stuffed at occasions with the sounds of applause, the French nationwide anthem and a solemn minute of silence.

Attendees at demonstrations throughout the nation carried indicators studying “I’m Samuel” and “I’m a instructor,” in accordance with the BBC.

France is reeling from the killing, which passed off within the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday.

According to police, an 18-year-old Chechen refugee attacked Paty close to the college and minimize his throat, earlier than posting a graphic declare of duty on social media. Police fatally shot the attacker after he acted threateningly and didn’t reply to instructions to disarm, authorities mentioned.

Shortly after, President Emmanuel Macron characterised it as “an Islamist terrorist assault” and mentioned the instructor was focused as a result of he “taught freedom of expression.”

Jean-François Ricard, France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor, said Paty had acquired loss of life threats after he allegedly confirmed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad throughout a category about freedom of speech.

The Muslim religion prohibits depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. The BBC reported that Paty suggested Muslim college students within the class to look away in the event that they anticipated being offended.

Paty’s lesson prompted some indignant reactions, with one dad or mum accusing Paty of exhibiting depictions of the prophet bare, the BBC mentioned. That dad or mum lodged a proper grievance and known as on folks to protest on the faculty.

The lesson was associated to the continuing trial over the 2015 assault on the Paris workplaces of satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, which got here beneath fireplace for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Islamist extremists killed 12 folks, and 14 defendants stand accused of giving the gunmen logistical assist.

And late final month, after the trial had begun, two folks had been wounded in an assault close to the journal’s former workplaces that authorities investigated as a potential terrorist act.

Ricard’s workplace said on Friday {that a} terror investigation had been opened and authorities had arrested 9 suspects, together with a number of members of the attacker’s household. The variety of folks detained rose to 11 on Sunday, in accordance with Reuters.

Political and religious leaders in France have expressed outrage on the killing and known as for solidarity.

French schooling minister Jean-Michel Blanquer on Saturday harassed the necessity for unity inside the schooling group and extra typically, urging French folks to show delight of their values of liberty, equality and fraternity.

“Secularism is vital, it permits us to have variations, to imagine or to not imagine, and to respect one another,” Blanquer mentioned. “And in the present day it’s clear to everybody that it’s this that has been attacked.”

Marlène Schiappa, France’s junior minister for citizenship, condemned the assault in a sequence of tweets and said she would attend Sunday’s demonstration “in assist of academics, secularism, freedom of expression and in opposition to Islamism.”

Many of the attendees had been academics themselves, in accordance with France 24, and spoke of being shocked and saddened by the killing.

“As a kindergarten instructor, I got here right here to defend my mission to teach, to sharpen the essential considering abilities of my pupils,” mentioned one. “This makes me wish to train much more. There might be a earlier than and after this horrible occasion.”

Another protester advised the community that folks had gathered “to easily be collectively.”

French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo had been among the many hundreds of demonstrators in Paris on Sunday. Both shared messages of power and assist on social media.

“You is not going to divide us,” Castex tweeted alongside a video of crowds singing the nationwide anthem. “We are France!”

Outrage and sympathy have additionally poured in from outdoors of the nation.

The secretary basic of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation condemned the assault on Sunday, reiterating that it rejects “all types of extremism, radicalization and terrorism for any cause or motive.”

And throughout a marketing campaign rally in Wisconsin on Saturday night time, President Trump expressed his condolences to Macron for what he known as a “vicious, vicious Islamic terrorist assault.”

Reuters reports a nationwide tribute to Paty might be held in France on Wednesday.



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