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Newsline: Iranians protest outside French embassy

Dozens of Iranians gathered Sunday outside the French embassy in Tehran protesting against cartoons of the Islamic republic’s supreme leader by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Iran has warned France over the “insulting and indecent” cartoons, which appeared in a special edition to mark the anniversary of the deadly 2015 attack on the magazine’s Paris offices. Dozens of protesters, most of them religious seminary students, gathered in front of the embassy in the centre of the capital Tehran and set fire to French flags, AFP journalists reported. “France, be ashamed!”, the crowd chanted. Waving Iranian flags, they held pictures of Khamenei and signs reading “I will sacrifice my life for the leader”, and “Shame on Charlie Hebdo”. (https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20230108-iranians-protest-outside-french-embassy-after-charlie-hebdo-cartoons) Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani on Sunday said that freedom of speech should not be used as a pretext for “insulting” religion. The magazine on Wednesday published caricatures of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in support of the months-long protests in Iran, sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, following her arrest for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code.

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