Islamabad police fire tear gas at protesters, who are trying to approach the French Embassy. Police on Friday fired tear gas at protesters who broke through security blockades in Islamabad. In a failed attempt to demonstrate at the French Embassy against the publication of blasphemous caricatures in France.
Muslims around the whole world have protested against France and President Emmanuel Macron over his controversial remarks against Islam.
Around 3,000 protesters gathered in Islamabad, about half a kilometer from the fortified diplomatic enclave where the French Embassy is, according to a Reuters witness. Roads leading to the enclave were blocked by using shipping containers and barbed wire and guarded by riot police, but protesters managed to climb over the blockades and prompting police to fire tear gas.
According to Islamabad Police Official Amanullah Niazai that “We needed to fire tear gas shells when the protesters tried to violate their agreement,”
The protest was organized by a traders’ association, which has already announced that it would take French products off shelves across the country and we protest on the day when Pakistan is celebrating the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Protests and gatherings marking the occasion were also held in the cities of Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar.
People carry banners and chant slogans in Karachi against French President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial comments.