French leader’s Islamophobia unleashes boycotts, protests in Muslim nations
Outrage and boycotts are growing across the Muslim world after French President Emmanuel Macron public insult of Islam by defending the publication of derogatory cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Earlier in October, France led a national tribute to a teacher, who was recently beheaded by a Chechen teenager after showing his class the offensive caricatures of Islam’s Prophet.
The president said he would not “renounce the caricatures.” He described Islam as a religion “in crisis” and declared war on “Islamist separatism,” which he claimed was taking over France’s estimated six-million-strong Muslim population.
The comments have angered not only the Muslim community in France, but all Islamic nations, leading to protests, boycott calls and diplomatic condemnations in the Middle East and the broader Muslim world.
Tens of thousands stage anti-France rally in Bangladesh
On Tuesday, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to express their anger at Macron’s comments.
More than 40,000 people took part in the march organized by Islami Andolon Bangladesh (IAB), one of the largest Islamic parties in the South Asian country.
During the march, which started from the Baitul Mukarram national mosque, the protesters called for a boycott of French products and burnt an effigy of the French leader.
They chanted “Boycott French products” and called for Macron to be punished.
“Macron is one of the few leaders who worship Satan,” Ataur Rahman, a senior IAB leader addressed the rally at Bangladesh’s biggest mosque.
Iraqis demand apology, boycott
On Monday, hundreds of people staged rallies outside the French embassy in Iraq to condemn the move. The protesters burned France’s national flag near the country’s diplomatic mission in the capital Baghdad, in the latest display of anger in the Muslim world over the images and Macron’s comments.
The demonstrators also held up posters showing caricatures of the European leader and chanted slogans in support of the Prophet.
Turkey: Macron after leadership in Europe
In Turkey, the presidential spokesman Fahrettin Altun slammed the French president on Monday over his controversial remarks about Islam.
“President Macron’s recent anti-Islam rhetoric is yet another example of a desperate European politician vying for relevance,” Altun wrote in a series of posts published on his official Twitter page.
“His flailing attempt to assume leadership in Europe is driving his promotion of Islamophobia, xenophobia, and his attacks on our President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan,” he added.