French embassy braces for anti-Charlie Hebdo rally in Jordan

The embassy advised French nationals to avoid downtown Amman as well as the area around the embassy's headquarters.

French embassy braces for anti-Charlie Hebdo rally in Jordan

World Bulletin/News Desk

France urged Thursday its citizens in Amman to exercise caution after a group of local activists called for demonstrations on Friday to protest the latest issue of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo which features cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

The French embassy in Amman has sent out phone message to its nationals in the Jordanian capital urging them to avoid major shopping malls and staying out till late on Friday.

The embassy advised French nationals to avoid downtown Amman as well as the area around the embassy's headquarters.

The embassy's warning followed a call by youth-led protest groups to march on the embassy's headquarters in Amman on Friday to protest satirical depictions of Prophet Muhammad by the magazine, which was targeted by militants last week in a shooting rampage that left 12 people dead.

The satirical magazine's first issue after the attack was released on Wednesday, featuring a caricature of Prophet Muhammad on the cover.

Youth-led groups affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood group have also endorsed the activists' call for Friday's protests.

Jordan's King Abdullah II and Queen Rania took part in an anti-terrorism demonstration on Sunday in Paris along with French President Francois Hollande and dozens of other world leaders in memory of the victims of last week's deadly attacks in France.

The Brotherhood, a prominent opposition force in Jordan, censured Sunday's demonstration and maintained its criticism of the controversial magazine.

"We reject this fake demonstration which was led by global terror master and child butcher [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu," the Brotherhood said on Thursday.

The group also condemned "the espousal of violence and all forms of extremism" but emphatically rejected Charli Hebdo's provocative caricatures.

Two suspects in the shooting, brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, were killed Friday in a warehouse in Dammartin-en-Goele, a small town north of Paris.

On the same day, four hostages and a gunman, said to be linked to the Kouachi brothers, were killed inside a kosher supermarket in Paris.

Last Mod: 16 Ocak 2015, 11:59
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