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Paris (CNN)Demonstrators took to the streets of French locales Sunday lauding free speech and decrying violence against educators after the slaying of a trainer who extinct caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad within the course of a lesson.

Hundreds gathered in and spherical Paris’ Attach de la République, some retaining signs exhibiting the entrance page of Charlie Hebdo — a satirical journal focused by extremists after exhibiting cartoons of the prophet — whereas others lofted placards, asserting, “No to Islamisation” and “Nazislamisation is slicing our throats.”

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Top Minister Jean Castex and varied politicians were on hand on the protests.

    A selected desires trainer who works within the Paris plot told CNN she joined the demonstration because she became once shy by the killing.

    “We all may per chance perhaps perhaps smooth dwell together and be taught to dwell together, and all people has to respect all people’s faith,” she mentioned.

    Killer took credit ranking, prosecutor says

    Abdoullakh Abouyezidovitch, an 18-year-ancient Chechen refugee, took credit ranking for Friday’s beheading of Samuel Paty, 47, who taught history and geography at Collège du Bois d’Aulne. Police killed the teen Friday afternoon in Éragny, the same Paris suburb the set up Paty’s physique became once came across.

    Paty had taught a class on freedom of expression, within the course of which he extinct caricatures of the prophet taken from Charlie Hebdo, sparking controversy within the weeks previous his loss of life, authorities mentioned.

    Sooner than police gunned him down Friday, Abouyezidovitch mentioned on Twitter that he had achieved one in every of French President Emmanuel Macron’s “canines of hell” who had belittled the revered prophet, anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-François Ricard mentioned.

    Samuel Paty, 47, a French history and geography teacher was murdered in Paris on October 16, 2020.

    Abouyezidovitch approached college students exterior the college, positioned within the Parisian suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, asking them to level out Paty sooner than attacking the teacher on his manner dwelling, Ricard mentioned.

    Abouyezidovitch, who became once no longer known to intelligence companies, lived in Évreux, extra than an hour’s force from the scene of the assault, the prosecutor mentioned. It became once unclear if Abouyezidovitch had attended Collège du Bois d’Aulne.

    Paty had organized a lesson spherical the Charlie Hebdo caricatures, Ricard mentioned. Nordine Chaouadi, a guardian of 1 in all the pupils on the college, told Agence France-Presse that Paty took measures to steer determined of offending the Muslim teens in his class.

    “It became once correct to take them. It became once out of pure kindness because he had to gift a sketch of the prophet of Islam and merely mentioned to the Muslim teens: ‘Exit, I fabricate no longer desire it to injure your emotions.’ That’s what my son told me,” he mentioned.

    Diverse alternative folks taken into custody

    After a Danish newspaper controversially published the caricatures in 2005, Charlie Hebdo republished them the next year.

    In 2015, 17 other folks were killed in a fright assault that began in Charlie Hebdo’s locations of work in Paris and carried on for three days. Paty’s slaying got here as 14 other folks accused of involvement within the attacks stand trial. The court complaints began in Paris final month, and Charlie Hebdo mentioned it may per chance perhaps perhaps republish the cartoons again.

    On October 7, a father of 1 in all Paty’s pupils known as for Paty’s dismissal on Facebook. He furthermore filed a criticism and published a YouTube video necessary of the teacher. Paty spoke back with a defamation criticism, Ricard mentioned.

    People stand next to flowers displayed at the entrance of the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

    Police hang taken 11 other folks into custody for questioning. Integrated are the father who complained about Paty and the actual person’s sister-in-guidelines, who is suspected of getting “joined the Islamic Squawk Group in 2014 in Syria and is, as such, the subject of a search warrant by an anti-terrorist investigating center of attention on,” the prosecutor mentioned.

    Abouyezidovitch’s of us, grandfather and brother were furthermore taken in for questioning, a French judicial supply mentioned.

    French Training Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer mentioned Paty became once murdered “for teaching a class that had to manufacture with one in every of the pillars of democracy — freedom of expression.”

      “Samuel Paty embodied our Republic’s most noble asset: its colleges. He became once cowardly murdered by enemies of freedom. We’ll be in a position to be united, firm and resolute,” Blanquer wrote in a tweet.

      Macron mentioned Paty became once “killed because he became once teaching college students freedom of speech, the freedom to evaluate and no longer judge.”

      CNN’s Pierre Bairin, Eva Tapiero, Martin Goillandeau and Ivana Kottasovà contributed to this account.

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