Turkey: Protesters rally against Macron's comments on Islam in Istanbul

Dozens of protesters gathered in Istanbul's Sarachane Park on Sunday, to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron's recent comments on Islam. Protesters were seen chanting «Allahu Akbar» and shouting slogans as they held Turkish and East Turkestan regional flags. One protester burnt a copy of Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet. «Today we are gathered here to show those who dared to insult our faith what kind of fate they will face,» said one demonstrator. Protesters originally intended to march to the French Consulate in Beyoglu, but were reportedly not granted permission to do so. France witnessed a number of attacks after French teacher Samuel Paty was killed on October 16, for showing caricatures of prophet Muhammad to his students. President Macron defended the pictures as an expression of freedom of speech and called Islam a religion 'in crisis'. His comments triggered protest in predominantly-Muslim countries around the world.
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