Charlie Hebdo: ‘Four dead’ in Niger outbreak of cartoonphobia, protests also underway in Algeria

Protests against the magazine have taken place across the Muslim world, including Sudan (pictured)

(Reuters) – Demonstrators in Niger attacked the French cultural center, set fire to churches and raided Christian shops on Friday, as protests erupted against Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons in several Muslim West African countries.

Staff of the satirical French weekly, which had angered Muslims by publishing images of the Prophet Mohammad, were shot dead by Islamist gunmen in Paris last week.

SENEGAL-FRANCE-ATTACKS-CHARLIE-HEBDO-DEMOThere were also demonstrations in Senegal Photo: SEYLLOU/AFP

Police in Niger’s southern city of Zinder, the second largest in Niger, fired tear gas at a crowd of hundreds of people who burned French flags and tires in the streets on Friday.

“The protesters are crying out in local Hausa language: Charlie is Satan – let hell engulf those supporting Charlie,” said Aboubacar Mamane, a shopkeeper, by telephone.

Witnesses said the demonstrators ransacked the French cultural center and the homes of police officers.

Meanwhile, Algerian police and protesters clash after anti-Charlie Hebdo march: (Reuters) – Police clashed with demonstrators in Algiers after rioting broke out at the end of a protest against the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Several officers were injured during the violence, with small groups of protesters hurling rocks, fireworks and bottles at the security forces around the waterfront area of the Algerian capital.

Dozens of people were arrested, and two Islamist leaders, Ali Belhadj and Hamadache Zeraoui, were detained for illegally organizing a march in Algiers where demonstrations are still banned, a security source said.

Hundreds of people, including women and children, had earlier marched peacefully through the capital chanting “God is Great”, singing and waving placards saying “I am Mohammad” in French and Arabic to protest against Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons.

“This is my religion. I am with my prophet and they criticized him,” said Mohammed Rechache, a truck driver who took part in the Algiers march with his young son.

  • mauser 98

    6 dead in Fergadishu for the hell of it…in 7 hours

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- St. Louis homicide detectives are trying to piece
    together six separate murders that happened between 7 p.m. Wednesday and
    3 a.m. Thursday. So far there have been three suspects arrested in the
    five separate shooting incidents.

  • DMB

    Going back to the 1980’s when we in the west began to see commercials for donations to alleviate starvation and disease in Africa many individuals as well as nations gave financial aid to Africa and Africans in an attempt to find a solution to the problem. Fast forward to 2015 which we see a net result with Africa having some of the most corrupt nations on Earth, disease are ramped and continue to spread, more severe poverty with the typical African having 4 to 6 children, resentment towards white people meanwhile boat loads of Africans mostly Muslim heading to Europe, North America by plane who instead of integrating to western society insist on bringing their primate mentality to the west. So I say we abandon all aid to Africa and instead take a more darwinian approach and let disease, war, Islam destroy them otherwise more will come to the west determined to destroy us. Aid to Africa is funding terrorism that seeks to destroy western civilization. Also we need to fortify are borders and severely restrict who comes to our country.

    • Frau Katze

      It seems to be backfiring all right.

  • Martin B

    Waving placards saying “I am Mohammad”…Isn’t that blasphemy? Shouldn’t they be stoned to death?

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      ‘J’aime le Prophet’ means ‘I love the Prophet’.

      Either way, these folks are still out in the streets and foaming at the mouths over a cartoon.

      • Martin B

        The linked Reuters article says hundreds marched through Algiers waving placards saying “I am Mohammad” in French and Arabic, though it doesn’t show any pictures. Anyways, if mad Muzz want to kill each other in their own countries over cartoons, they’re welcome to do so.

    • mauser 98

      yes…. the rules seem to change