Religion of Peace threatens to kill 17 year old over Charlie Hebdo tribute

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Teachers and students at a French school have rallied in support of a pupil who has received death threats for publishing a tribute to satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The student, 17-year-old Louis, published a special edition of the school paper in January after Islamists went on a killing spree on the streets of Paris that left 17 people dead.

Two of them stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo killing 12 people, including journalists and police officers, and sparking a global outpouring in support of free speech.

The school paper edition – titled “Je Suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) after the slogan that went viral following the attack – included poems, opinion pieces and drawings.

It did not include any of the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed published by Charlie Hebdo that had angered the Islamists.

“It was a tribute to the 17 victims without discrimination — for Jews, journalists, police officers,” Louis, whose surname was not given, said.

Police have opened an inquiry into the death threats against the student, including seven letters in total, two of which contained bullets.

The last one at the beginning of May “seemed like an ultimatum”, Louis said.

On Thursday, students and teachers gathered at midday at the Marcellin-Berthelot high school on the outskirts of Paris to show their support for Louis, whose nerves have been shattered by the threats.

The 17-year-old’s mother said she was deeply worried about the mental state of her son, who only sleeps a few hours a night, “won’t go out in the street alone” and now carried two tear gas canisters on him at all times.

“This has been going on for months,” complained history teacher Pascale Morel. “We didn’t say anything at first while the (police) inquiry was being carried out, but nothing concrete has been done.”

Drawing the likeness of the Prophet is likely to get you in trouble.  But now you will also receive death threats if you want to honour the lives of those killed during the Charlie Hebdo terrorism attacks.

This is nothing but oppressive terror.   This isn’t peace.

We must learn from this and not place New Zealand in the same position in the future.

Immigration of Muslims to settle here must be reviewed urgently.

 

– AFP


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