Cartoons from the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo were projected on the facades of buildings across France to mark a national day of mourning in honor of slain teacher Samuel Paty.
Paty was murdered by a Muslim extremist after showing Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed to his students during a lesson on free speech.
Across the country, the newspapers’ cartoons were projected on the facades of numerous buildings in a show of support and solidarity for Paty and other victims of Islamist terror as well as a display of “freedom of expression” and “freedom of conscience,” according to Carole Delga, the president of the Occitanie region.
“There must be no weakness in the face of the enemies of democracy, in the face of those who take religion and transform it into a weapon of war,” Delga said.
The drawings displayed made fun of the three major monotheistic religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) at events across France as part of a national homage to Paty who was beheaded by 18-year-old Chechnya-born Abdullakh Anzorov on October 16, 2020. Photos of the murdered educator were also included in the displays.
Sur sa façade, à #Toulouse, la Région @Occitanie diffuse des caricatures de #CharlieHebdo, en hommage à Samuel Paty. #SamuelPaty#hommagepic.twitter.com/K8ZBojur90
Quelques une des projections des caricatures de Charlie Hebdo sur les murs de l’Hôtel de Région #Charlie#toulouse#occitanie#samuelpaty#Libertedexpressionpic.twitter.com/OYXfiJLtrE
French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to the slain teacher at an event held at the Sorbonne in Paris at 7pm on Wednesday evening while a silent march was also held in his memory.
Des Unes de #CharlieHebdo sont projetées sur la façade de l’hôtel de région à #Montpellier, cinq jours après l’assassinat de Samuel Paty @20Minutespic.twitter.com/vEF7fm8ZtW
Meanwhile, a parent of one of Paty’s former pupils who began an online hate campaign against the teacher, as well as two teenagers who were part of a group who paid to doxx him so he could be killed are among seven people charged with Paty’s murder, according to anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard.
The father reportedly exchanged messages with Anzorov and the two teens, aged 14 and 15, aided and abetted the murder.
Anzorov decapitated Paty with a knife and then shared photographic evidence of the atrocity he had committed on Twitter prior to being shot dead by police.
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