France on Tuesday closed the Grand Mosque of Pantin as a part of a crackdown on people who find themselves suspected of inciting hatred, after the killing of a instructor who confirmed his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
Muslims consider that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. The mosque had shared a video on its Facebook web page earlier than the assault that vented hatred towards historical past instructor Samuel Paty.
Paty was beheaded final week by Abdoulakh Anzorov, an 18-year-old Chechen refugee, who was shot lifeless by police quickly after the killing. Anzorov posted a declare of accountability on social media minutes after the assault.
Police plastered notices of the closure order exterior the mosque because the authorities promised a troublesome response towards the disseminators of hate messages, preachers of controversial sermons and foreigners believed to pose a safety risk to France. The six-month order was “for the sole purpose of preventing acts of terrorism”.
“Our fellow citizens expect actions. These actions will be stepped up”, president Emmanuel Macron mentioned.
The killing carried echoes of an assault 5 years in the past on the workplaces of the satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, whose workers was attacked by Islamist militants as a result of it revealed cartoons they deemed blasphemous. The assault killed 12 individuals, together with a police officer, and left 11 extra wounded.