Med situasjonen under forrige karikaturstrid utløst av tegninger trykket i Europa i 2006, er det grunn til å anta at det vi ser nå er opptakten til noe større. Daily Mail har lagt ut mange foto fra protestene i dag.
Vi vil antakelig få en klar pekepinn om protestene vil øke etter fredagsbønnen om fire dager. Vil de religiøse lederne ytterligere oppildne opp massene? Det er de som avgjør dette.
Scenes of chaos broke out across the Muslim world today as hundreds of thousands of protesters burned flags and effigies in anger over the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Protesters gathered in the main market square in Bannu, Pakistan, chanting ‘Death to the government of France’, before setting fire to dozens of French flags and an effigy of the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
As the anger mounted, some demonstrators even set fire to an inverted Italian flag, which they mistakenly thought belonged to France.
A second effigy destroyed in the protest was said to represent the editor of the Charlie Hebdo, the magazine which was subject to a brutal attack earlier this month, after two masked jihadist gunmen stormed the Paris headquarters and killed 12 people.
The dramatic scenes came as more than 2,000 Iranians protested outside the French embassy in Tehran, shouting ‘Death to French’ and urging the ambassador to be expelled.
Hundreds of thousands of people also gathered in the Russian region of Chechnya, amid growing anger over the publication’s depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.
The image has angered many Muslims as depictions of Mohammed are widely considered forbidden in Islam. It has also triggered protests in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, some of which turned deadly.
Iran denounced the Paris massacre but it also condemned the magazine’s new cartoon, where the prophet holds a ‘Je suis Charlie’ sign under the heading ‘All is forgiven’.