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04 Sep 2020 | 10:54 PM UTC

Pakistan: Thousands protest nationwide over French Mohammed satirical cartoons September 4

Pakistan News Alert

Thousands protest nationwide over reprinting of Mohammed cartoons in France on September 4; anticipate heightened security presence to deter protests

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/4/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/6/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Pakistan, Karachi, northwestern Pakistan, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Dera Ismail Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province)

Event

Tens of thousands of people protested in cities around Pakistan on Friday, September 4, against the French magazine Charlie Hebdo's reprinting cartoons of Mohammed. The group was reportedly chanting 'Death to France' and calling for a boycott of French products. The protests were organized by the far-right Islamist political party Tehreek-e-Laibak Pakistan (TLP) with the largest protest held in Karachi, with others in Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Lahore, and Dera Ismail Khan. Pakistan's government has officially condemned the reprinting of the cartoons. 

Localized travel disruptions should also be anticipated in areas of unrest. 

Context

The Charlie Hebdo attacks occurred on January 7-9, 2015, and left 17 people dead. The main target in the attacks was the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, which had previously published images depicting the prophet Mohammad.

Advice

Those in Pakistan are advised to avoid all protests as a precaution, monitor the situation, allow ample travel time, and obey instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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