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Anti-French Protests in Niger Kill 5 as Rallies Hit Africa, Middle East, Asia Watch

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    http://www.wsj.com/articles/anti-fre...sia-1421531073
    Protesters in Niger killed five people as they wrecked bars, torched churches, and blocked several major roads Saturday, in a second day of protests over a French magazine cover depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

    The violence was the latest in a wave of anti-French protests that has swept parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia after Charlie Hebdo lampooned Islam in its “survivors” issue published after the Jan. 7 attack on its Paris offices.

    Although largely peaceful, some of the protests, led mostly by young men, have in some instances turned violent.

    Coming just a week after dozens of world leaders joined a massive procession in Paris to condemn terror attacks and show their support for freedom of speech, the protests underscore the challenge France faces in defending long-held values without fueling resentment among Muslims, many of whom regard the Charlie Hebdo cover as blasphemy.


    “It is intolerable,” French President François Hollande said Saturday, commenting on the Niger violence and news that French flags had been torched during several demonstrations across Africa.

    After the attack that decimated their newsroom, the remaining Charlie Hebdo caricaturists rallied to produce an issue—published Wednesday with a planned circulation of seven-million copies—that has been widely celebrated as a symbol of defiance against terrorism.
    I can understand the anger here; however, I cannot fathom the behaviour of people who burn down people's religious buildings, like churches, and actually kill, because of offence. There is no excuse to act in the way the men in Niger have acted, angry or not.
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    The cartoons were from an atheist magazine that satirised other religions including Christianity. People in Niger respond by burning down Christian churches.

    It's almost as if angry baying hate filled violent mobs aren't that smart. Who knew?
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    Says the majority of protests were peaceful? Quite unfortunate really. Always going to be a fringe minority of nut jobs. Hope no one else is killed.
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    Why would they burn churches though? charlie whatever isn't even a Christian magazine.
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    Potential media blackout. Who's really offended by Muslim on Christian violence we must ask. The papers are not interested because it's not the popularized form of discrimination that society wants to recognize.
 
 
 
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