French police on Monday raided the properties of dozens of suspected Islamist terrorists three days after the beheading of a instructor who had proven his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the inside minister mentioned.
The raids got here a day after tens of hundreds of individuals took half in rallies countrywide to honour instructor Samuel Paty and to defend freedom of expression.
Gerald Darmanin mentioned the swoop on Islamist networks was designed to ship a message that “enemies of the Republic” wouldn’t get pleasure from “a minute’s respite”.
He mentioned over 80 investigations had been launched for on-line hate speech following the assault, which has drawn parallels with the 2015 bloodbath at Charlie Hebdo satirical journal, the place 12 folks had been gunned down for publishing the Mohammed cartoons.
That assault — the primary in a string of assaults which have killed over 240 folks in France — introduced over 1,000,000 folks onto the streets of Paris to denounce extremism.
On Sunday, folks once more congregated on Place de la Republique in Paris, the place world leaders had marched alongside the French in 2015.
Some within the crowd chanted “I’m Samuel”, echoing the 2015 “I’m Charlie” rallying name by supporters of free speech.
– Instructor focused by ‘fatwa’ –
Paty, 47, was murdered on his means residence from the varsity the place he taught in a suburb northwest of Paris on Friday afternoon.
A photograph of the instructor and a message confessing to his homicide was discovered on the cell phone of his killer, an 18-year-old Chechen man Abdullakh Anzorov, who was shot lifeless by police.
Eleven individuals are being held over the assault, together with a recognized Islamist terrorist and the daddy of one in every of Paty’s pupils who had railed towards him on-line and known as for his dismissal.
Darmanin accused the 2 males of getting issued a “fatwa” towards Paty, utilizing the time period for an Islamic edict that was famously used to explain the 1989 dying sentence handed down towards author Salman Rushdie by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini.
“They apparently launched a fatwa towards the instructor,” the minister informed Europe 1 radio.
Anzorov’s household arrived in France when he was six from the predominantly Muslim Russian republic of Chechnya.
4 members of his household, which sought asylum in France, are being held for questioning.
Paty, who has been eulogised by pupils and oldsters as a devoted instructor, had been the goal of on-line threats for displaying the Mohammed cartoons to his civics class.
Depictions of the prophet are extensively thought to be taboo in Islam.
In response to his college, Paty had given Muslim youngsters the choice to go away the classroom earlier than he confirmed the cartoons, saying he didn’t need their emotions harm.
A nationwide tribute is to be held for Paty on Wednesday.
– ‘We aren’t afraid’ –
On Sunday, President Emmanuel Macron ordered swift motion to counter radical Islamist propaganda on-line.
French authorities have additionally mentioned they might pursue the authors of some 80 on-line messages of sympathy for Anzorov, and step up safety at faculties when pupils return after half-term.
On Sunday, demonstrators on the Place de la Republique held aloft posters declaring: “No to totalitarianism of thought”, and “I’m a instructor”.
“You don’t scare us. We aren’t afraid. You’ll not divide us. We’re France!” tweeted Prime Minister Jean Castex, who joined the Paris demonstration.
Friday’s assault was the second of its type since a trial began final month over the Charlie Hebdo killings.
The journal republished the controversial cartoons within the run-up to the trial, and final month a younger Pakistani man wounded two folks with a meat cleaver exterior Charlie Hebdo’s former workplace
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