Protests erupted across the country, including in the capital Tehran, against the publication of a cartoon of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a French newspaper. After Friday prayers in Tehran, worshipers took to the streets and chanted slogans against French magazine Charlie Hebdo and the French government.

At this time the protestors carried various banners, festoons and placards.

Many of the protesters were seen holding placards with the Iranian national flag and pictures of the Supreme Leader, which read ‘I am loyal to the Supreme Leader.’ In addition, the protesters called on the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take effective action against the newspaper.

Apart from Tehran, similar protests have also taken place in other major cities of the country.

Charlie Hebdo magazine published a special issue on January 4 that published several derogatory cartoons of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In an announcement last month, the newspaper called for satirical cartoons of Iran’s supreme leader from cartoonists around the world. The controversial French newspaper published a selection of cartoons from the competition on Wednesday.

This newspaper has published satirical cartoons about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) several times before. There was condemnation and protest around the world. – Perstuday

(January 14/ES)