Muslims in Asia and the Middle East have gathered for large protests following comments about Islam by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Macron said in early October that Islam is experiencing a “crisis” today all over the world. He also pledged to protect freedom of expression after the killing later in the month of a school teacher who showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a class.
Many Palestinians in Jerusalem, one of Islam’s holy cities, rallied after Friday prayers. They chanted, “Shame on France. Muslims love the prophet.”
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip also demonstrated. One protester said that as a genuine follower of Islam he opposes violence. But he added he condemns Macron’s remarks as they insulted Muslims.
As some demonstrations escalated, police in Lebanon and Pakistan fired tear gas.
Similar anti-Macron demonstrations also occurred on Thursday, which fell on the birthday of the prophet.