French authorities have arrested 11 folks in connection to the grotesque beheading of a trainer who confirmed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in his class, which has sparked sweeping freedom of speech protests throughout the nation paying homage to latest terrorist assaults in France.
Samuel Paty, 47, who taught historical past and geography within the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, was decapitated on his stroll house from college on Friday afternoon by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee, recognized by police as Abdoulakh A.
Earlier this month, Paty confirmed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to pupils in a category about freedom of speech, an motion that’s strictly prohibited by Muslim regulation and sparked outrage amongst some mother and father, together with one father who posted a YouTube video claiming Paty, who informed Muslim college students they might go away the room if wished, confirmed a “photo of a naked man” saying he was the “Muslim prophet.”
The assailant, who was fatally shot by police after refusing to adjust to their orders, posted an image of the trainer’s decapitated head on Twitter minutes after the assault with a press release claiming duty “in the name of Allah,” writing, “I have executed one of the dogs from hell who dared to put Muhammad down,” in keeping with France’s high anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard (Twitter has since eliminated the put up and suspended the attacker’s account).
French authorities on Sunday mentioned that they had arrested 11 folks in connection to the killing, together with not less than 4 relations who had been granted 10-year residency to France in March, as a part of the continued investigation into the homicide with a suspected terrorist motive.
Ricard famous the assailant’s half-sister joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2014, although didn’t say if she at the moment lives in France.
Signs of “I am Samuel,” referring to the “I am Charlie” motion that swept France after the 2015 assault on satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, populated protests in reminiscence of Paty—and extra broadly, in assist of free speech—throughout the nation on Sunday, attended in Paris by French Prime Minister Jean Castex.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron, talking from the crime scene on Friday, shortly labeled the incident an “Islamist terrorist attack” in opposition to “the republic and its values.” “One of our citizens was murdered today because he was teaching, because he was teaching students about freedom of expression” mentioned Macron. “This battle is ours and it is an existential one.”
The parallels with Charlie Hebdo are notably placing given the timing of the assault, which comes amid the continued trial of suspected perpetrators within the 2015 killing of 12 in Charlie Hebdo’s workplace following the controversial printing of Muhammad cartoons. During the assault, the 2 Islamist gunmen shouted “Allahu akbar” and “the Prophet is avenged.” A day earlier than the trial started final month, Charlie Hebdo reprinted the cartoons that triggered the preliminary assault, writing in an accompanying editorial that not doing so can be “political or journalistic cowardice.” In retaliation, a person with a knife stabbed two folks close to the publication’s former places of work in what police are investigating as one other Islamic extremist assault.
President Trump supplied “sincere condolences” to France on behalf of the United States throughout a Saturday night time rally in Wisconsin. “I’d like to extend my really sincere condolences to a friend of mine, President Macron of France, where they just yesterday had a vicious, vicious Islamic terrorist attack—beheading an innocent teacher near Paris,” Trump mentioned, including: “France is having a hard time and Macron’s a great guy.”