The French Prime Minister has joined thousands of demonstrators who have gathered in honor of a history teacher who was brutally beheaded in a school near Paris for showing his class cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
18-year-old Aboulakh Anzorov was shot dead by police shortly after the attack on Samuel Paty in a northern suburb of the French capital on Friday afternoon.
In Paris, thousands gathered on Sunday to pay tribute to the murdered teacher in a defiant display of solidarity on the Place de la Republique.
Some held posters that read “I am Samuel” and displayed the rally “I am Charlie” after the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published cartoons of Mohammed.
There was silence on the other side of the square, punctuated by applause and the playing of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Others recited, "Freedom of expression, freedom to teach."
Protesters also gathered in major cities such as Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux.
It became known that the Islamist terrorist Anzorov, who killed Paty at the gates of his school and then beheaded him, filmed the brutal attack and provided other ISIS supporters with a video of the severed head of his victim.
It was also revealed that the Russian-born killer 's half-sister traveled to Syria to join ISIS in 2014 and was the subject of an anti-terror investigation.
The investigation is focused on Brahim Chnina, the father of a 13-year-old girl in Paty's class, who denounced the teacher online and shared details about the school. He has since been arrested.
Branding Mr Paty a bat iIn a video posted on Twitter sometime last week, he asked the community to complain about the teacher's behavior. It is believed that the killer saw the video and acted on it.
After the murder, Anzorov himself shared pictures and videos online with Chechen ISIS telegram channels and denounced Emmanuel Macron as a "leader of the infidels".
The murderer's uncle told French television: “He was a child. He was only 18 years old. If he were still alive I would have asked him, “Why did you do this? What was going on on your head & # 39; He must have been influenced by someone. & # 39;
Teacher Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded in Paris on Friday after sharing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class. His killer shared a video of the victim's severed head online
Thousands gathered at Place de la Reublique on Sunday to pay their respects to the teacher and to demonstrate their support for freedom of expression
One photo shows flowers, candles and a sign saying “I am a teacher, I am Samuel” at the entrance to a middle school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine near Paris
The investigation is focused on Brahim Chnina (pictured), father of a 13-year-old girl in Paty's class, who denounced the teacher online and shared details about the school. He has since been arrested
A picture of a dead body in the middle of the street was shared online before French counterterrorism prosecutors confirmed they were investigating an attack that beheaded a man on the outskirts of Paris
A protester in the French capital holds up a sign saying they will not behead the republic after the brutal attack
Shrines have now appeared in Paris after the horrific attack after which 18-year-old murderer Aboulakh Anzorov was shot by police
A young girl holds a banner with a picture of Mr. Paty that reads “I am a teacher” as protesters showed their solidarity
Meanwhile, the prosecutor, Jean-François Ricard, said that the suspect had been granted A 10-year refugee permit in March, unknown to the intelligence services, was armed with a knife and an airsoft gun that fires plastic pellets.
It turned out yesterday that Anzorov asked students at the French school to point out the teacher who had shared a Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet naked before aiming at him.
Mr Paty had received threats after showing the cartoon during a free speech class about 10 days ago.
The teacher invited Muslim students to leave the room before showing the cartoon. Muslims believe that any portrayal of the Prophet is blasphemous.
A father of a 13-year-old middle-class high school student in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine told Reuters that Mr Paty had told Muslim students to leave because the cartoon was likely to offend.
However, one student accidentally stayed behind and later told her Muslim parents. They filed a complaint against the teacher and met with Mr. Paty, the school principal, and an officer from the Education Department.
Protesters held up posters saying "No to totalitarianism" and "I am a teacher" while some sang "Je Suis Samuel" and repeated the shout "Je Suis Charlie" after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks
A person holds a sign that reads "I am Samuel" while people gather in the port of Vieux in Marseille
Students left messages for the teacher that said, “Thank you, Mr. Paty, for teaching us history and free speech. We love you ”(left) and“ Homage to Mr. Paty ”(right).
The teacher invited Muslim students to leave the room before showing the cartoon. Muslims believe that any portrayal of the Prophet is blasphemous
It found out yesterday that Anzorov asked students at the French school to point out the teacher who had shared a Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet naked before aiming at him
Police arrived to try to arrest the 18-year-old suspect suspected of beheading a middle school teacher on Friday. French officers pointed their firearms in the street at the suspect, who was not in the video
Chnina and a friend of an Islamic activist, Abdelhakim Sefrioui, are among the ten people arrested in connection with the attack.
The video shared by Chnina caused outrage in the community and was shared by a mosque in Pantin, a Paris suburb. Days later, Mr. Paty was stabbed and beheaded at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine 25 miles northwest of Paris.
Witnesses said they heard Chechen-born attacker Anzorov shout "Allahu Akbar" – Arabic for God is greatest – before he was shot by police about 600 meters before the murder.
French counterterrorism prosecutors said they treated the attack as "a terrorist organization-related murder".
Teachers come to lay flowers in front of Bois d & # 39; Aulne Middle School to show their respect after a teacher is murdered
People in face masks light candles outside a middle school near Paris where the father of one Samuel Paty worked
Nine people were arrested, including the parents of a child at school who had signaled their opposition to Mr Paty's decision to show the cartoon, a court source said.
Four people were initially arrested by the police for the murder, but five new people held for questioning belong to Anzorov's social circle, including his grandparents, parents and the 17-year-old brother.
Yesterday's terrorist attack came while Emmanuel Macron was working on a bill against Islamic radicals that authorities claim are creating a parallel society outside of French values.
France has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe with up to five million members.
The French president denounced a so-called "Islamist terrorist attack" and claimed: "One of our compatriots was murdered today for teaching freedom to believe or not to believe."
French President Emmanuel Macron denounced a so-called "Islamist terrorist attack", claiming: "One of our compatriots was murdered today for teaching freedom to believe or not to believe." He said the attack should not split France because the extremists want it to be. We must all stand together as citizens
Anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard, wearing a face mask, speaks today during a press conference
Teachers come to lay flowers in front of Bois d & # 39; Aulne Middle School to show their respect after a teacher is murdered
Pictured: A woman sees flower tributes outside the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine today after the death of a French teacher
The signs said "Je suis Samuel" in front of the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in honor of Mr Paty, who was killed on Friday
The killer fled to the nearby town of Eragny-sur-Oise (picture), about three kilometers from the alleged beheading, where he refused to surrender and was shot by police
Mr. Macron added: “It was no accident that the terrorist killed a teacher because he wanted to kill the republic and its values. Enlightenment is the ability to make our children, wherever they come from, whatever they believe, whether they believe or not, regardless of their religion, to make them free citizens.
& # 39; This fight is ours and is existential. You will fail. Obscurantism and the violence that goes with it will not win. They won't part us. They are looking for that and we have to stand together. & # 39;
Prime Minister Jean Castex wrote on Twitter today: “The republic has been hit in the heart by Islamist terrorism through one of its defenders.
“In solidarity with its teachers, the state will react with the greatest determination so that the republic and its citizens can live freely! We will never give up. Never before. & # 39;
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer addressed the country's teachers, students and their parents, saying that Paty was killed by the enemies of freedom. "The republic will never, never, never back down when faced with terror and intimidation," he said in a recorded statement.
Laurent Brosse, Mayor of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, said: "We will recover thanks to our spirit of solidarity."
The hashtag #JeSuisSamuel (I am Samuel) was a trend on social media, as was #JeSuisCharlie's call for solidarity after the Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015.
The French parliament suspended the debate on Friday after the news of the beheading. Session President Hugues Renson was visibly moved and described the attack as "hideous".
MEPs stood when Renson said, "On behalf of all of us, I want to honor the memory of Mr Paty." Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer tweeted: "The republic is under attack."
Legislators and teachers' unions welcomed the murdered teacher's courage to face challenging taboos in French society. Freedom of expression is a central principle of democracy.
Jean-Remi Girard, president of the National Union of School Teachers, told BFM TV that children need to understand that blasphemy can shock but is legal.
After the attack in the Paris suburb of Conflans St Honorine, people gather in front of the Bois d & # 39; Aulne College
Mayor Laurent Brosse (second from left) and the deputy mayors applaud outside the school where a teacher worked
Youngsters arriving to lay flowers outside the Bois d & # 39; Aulne middle school to pay their respects after the murder of Mr Party
French police officers stood guard and held firearms at the end of the street where a teenage boy suspected of beheading a middle school history teacher was previously shot after he refused to surrender
A police source said the scene was cordoned off and a bomb disposal unit was dropped on suspicion of the presence of an explosive vest
French police gather outside a middle school in a suburb of Paris on Friday evening after a history teacher was beheaded
French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to visit the scene of the knife stab in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine
Sophie Vénétitay, deputy head of the SNES-FSU teachers' union, said: "He was murdered for doing his job of teaching critical thinking." She said Mr. Paty is a history and geography teacher in charge of "moral and civic education".
"In that capacity, he taught a lesson on freedom of expression with the Mohammed cartoons," she said.
Thibault Humbert, Mayor of the nearby suburb of Éragny-sur-Oise, said: “This was an exceptionally violent and terrible attack. The police must be commended for intervening so quickly. "
Other politicians gathered to express their horror at the murder. Xavier Bertrand, center-right president of the Hauts-de-France region, said: “Islamist barbarism has targeted one of the symbols of the republic: the school. The terrorists want to silence us to bring us to our knees.
France's litany of deadly attacks
- Two people were stabbed and wounded in Paris on 25th of September This year near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where Islamic militants carried out a fatal attack in 2015. A man from Pakistan was arrested for the attack.
- 3rd October 2019 – Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old IT specialist with security clearance for work at Paris Police Headquarters, killed three police officers and a civilian employee before he was shot by police. He had converted to Islam about 10 years earlier.
- 23 March 2018 – A rifleman kills three people in southwest France after holding up a car, shooting at the police, taking hostages in a supermarket and yelling "Allahu Akbar". Security forces storm the building and kill him.
- July 26, 2016 – Two attackers kill a priest and severely wound another hostage in a church in northern France before being shot by French police. Francois Hollande, who was France's president at the time, said the two hostage-takers had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
- July 14, 2016 – An armed man drives a heavy truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice. An attack alleged by the Islamic State killed 86 people and injured others. The attacker is identified as a French born in Tunisia.
- June 14, 2016 – A Frenchman of Moroccan origin stabs a police commander in front of his house in a Paris suburb and kills his partner, who also worked for the police. The attacker told police negotiators during a siege that he was responding to an appeal from the Islamic State.
- November 13, 2015 – Paris is rocked by multiple near-simultaneous firearm strikes on entertainment venues in the city, killing 130 people and injuring 368. The Islamic State says it is responsible for the attacks. Two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three other French.
- 7th to 9th January 2015 – Two militant Islamists break into an editorial meeting of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7th and rake it with bullets, killing 12 people. Another militant killed a policewoman the next day and took hostages in a supermarket on January 9th. Four people are killed before the police shoot him.
"They should know that we will not bow down, they will never forbid us to read, write, draw, think, teach."
Marine Le Pen of the National Rally said, “A teacher was beheaded for showing Charlie Hebdo cartoons. We are in France with this unbearable barbarism. Islamism is waging war against us: we have to force them out of our country. & # 39;
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the extreme left party, Unbowed France, said: “Terrible crime in Conflans! In fact, the assassin takes himself for the god he claims to be following. He pollutes religion. And he inflicts hell on us having to live with murderers like him. & # 39;
Local lawmaker Antoine Savignat said: "If we can't talk about the Charlie Hebdo cartoons at school, we get rejected … In France, the land of freedom of expression, this can't happen."
Parents of students put flowers at the school gate. Some said their children were upset. “(My daughter) is torn to pieces and terrorized by the violence of such an act. How will I explain the unthinkable to her? & # 39; said a father.
Muslim leaders condemned the killing, which many public figures perceived as an attack on the very essence of French statehood and its values of secularism, freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
Tareq Oubrou, the imam of a Bordeaux mosque, said of the murder: "It is not a civilization that kills an innocent person, it is barbarism."
A police source said the scene was cordoned off and a bomb disposal unit was dropped on suspicion of the presence of an explosive vest.
"(The attacker) is believed to have a Chechen background," said an investigative source, referring to the Republic of the Russian Federation.
Thousands of battle-hardened Chechen refugees, including many devout Muslims, came to France in the early 2000s after two bloody wars against Russia.
A total of around 30,000 Chechens fled to France, many of whom relocated to the suburbs of large cities such as Paris.
France has seen occasional violence in recent months involving its Chechen community – in the Dijon region, in the Mediterranean city of Nice and in the western city of Saint-Dizier – which is believed to be related to local criminal activity.
It was not known what connection the attacker might have with the teacher or whether he had accomplices.
Police arrived at the scene Friday after receiving a call about a suspect loitering near the school, a police source said. There they found the dead man and saw nearby the suspect armed with a knife-like weapon who threatened them when they tried to arrest him.
They opened fire and seriously injured him, the source said. The man later died of his injuries, a court source said.
The attack follows a terrorism investigation launched in Paris last month after two news agency employees were stabbed to death outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo – the magazine that murdered employees in 2015 after publishing cartoons featuring the Prophet was mocked.
Those on trial are between 29 and 68 years old and charged with providing logistics, including cash, weapons and vehicles, to the terrorists.
Paris-born brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi murdered 12 people using Kalashnikovs in Charlie Hebdo's offices before escaping in a stolen car and later being killed by police.
Samuel Paty was a school teacher who made parents angry by showing the students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad
Im Bild: Die bewaffnete Polizei steht in der Nähe eines Polizeiautos am Stadtrand von Paris, wo der Angriff stattgefunden hat. Das erste Blutbad fand am Freitag in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine statt, einem Vorort etwa 40 km vom Zentrum der französischen Hauptstadt entfernt
Im Bild: Weitere Rettungsdienste versammeln sich nach dem Angriff und den anschließenden Schüssen
Ein dritter Terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly, erschoss vier Käufer in einem koscheren Supermarkt und eine Polizistin während drei Tagen Gemetzel, bevor auch er getötet wurde.
Charlie Hebdo produziert sein Magazin jetzt an einem streng geheimen Ort und veröffentlichte im September die umstrittenen Cartoons des Propheten Mohammed erneut, die in der muslimischen Welt Empörung ausgelöst hatten.
Es gab eine Reihe von Bomben-, Waffen- und Messerangriffen, die von islamischen Staats- und Al-Qaida-Aktivisten in Frankreich seit Anfang 2015 durchgeführt wurden
Der tödlichste Terroranschlag aller Zeiten im Land fand im November 2015 statt, als in Paris 130 Menschen getötet wurden. Selbstmordattentäter, die ISIS ihre Treue versprachen, richteten sich gegen das Stade de France, Cafés, Restaurants und den Musikort Bataclan, wo 90 Menschen starben.
Anfang des Jahres brachen zwei in Paris geborene bewaffnete Männer, die mit Al-Qaida in Verbindung stehen, in die Büros des satirischen Magazins Charlie Hebdo ein und ließen 17 Menschen drinnen und drei draußen tot zurück.
Im Juli 2016 wurden 86 Menschen getötet und mehr als 400 verletzt, als ein 19-Tonnen-Lastwagen an der Strandpromenade im südfranzösischen Nizza absichtlich in die Menge gefahren wurde.
Es stellte sich heraus, dass der Terrorist ein tunesischer Einwanderer war, der von der Polizei erschossen wurde. Im selben Monat ermordeten zwei Isis-Terroristen einen 86-jährigen katholischen Priester während eines Gottesdienstes in der Normandie.
Es gab häufige Messerangriffe auf die Kräfte von Recht und Ordnung, die zum Tod der dienenden Polizei führten.
Im Oktober letzten Jahres erstach ein radikalisierter Computerarbeiter, der in der Pariser Präfektur im Zentrum von Paris arbeitet, vier seiner Kollegen. Der Angreifer – der ebenfalls erschossen wurde – stellte sich als muslimischer Konvertit heraus, der extremistische Al-Qaida- und islamische Staatsliteratur und Bilder auf seinem Computer aufbewahrte.
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