“Is not this silly act an insult to the rationale of the individuals who elected him?” Iran’s supreme chief stated
Iran’s supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday known as the French president’s defence of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed a “silly act” and an “insult” to those that voted for him.
“Ask your president why he helps insulting God’s messenger within the identify of freedom of expression. Does freedom of expression imply insulting, particularly a sacred personage?” Khamenei stated in a message to “French youth” on his official web site.
“Is not this silly act an insult to the rationale of the individuals who elected him?” he added.
French President Emmanuel Macron has strongly defended secular values and the correct to mock faith following the homicide of a French schoolteacher who had proven his class cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed
Macron’s feedback triggered protests and a name to boycott French items in some Muslim-majority international locations.
“The following query to ask is, ‘why is it against the law to lift doubts in regards to the holocaust?'” Khamenei stated.
“Why ought to anybody who writes about such doubts be imprisoned, whereas insulting the Prophet, peace be upon him, is allowed?”
Khamenei’s remarks observe a refrain of criticism directed at Macron by high Iranian officers, together with President Hassan Rouhani, who warned on Wednesday that insulting the prophet is “immoral” and should encourage “violence and bloodshed”.
Rouhani stated “the West ought to perceive that… insulting the Prophet is insulting all Muslims, all prophets, all human values, and trampling ethics.”
“Each single European is in debt to the prophet, as he was the instructor of humanity,” he added.
‘Disgrace on you, Macron’
A whole lot of protesters demonstrated close to France’s embassy in Tehran on Wednesday to sentence Macron’s remarks.
Some protesters held banners studying, “disgrace on you Macron”, whereas others burned photos of the French chief.
Demonstrator Zeynab Yeganeh advised AFP that Macron has proven his “wretchedness” by defending the cartoons, and stated Europeans are being “oppressed” as the reality of Islam is being hidden from them by their leaders.
Mohammad Taherzadeh, a authorities worker who additionally joined the rally, stated: “We’re right here to inform Macron that we respect all religions and that he has no proper to insult our Prophet.”
On Tuesday, a senior French diplomat in Iran was summoned to protest the “unacceptable behaviour of the French authorities”.
The parliamentary bloc of the highly effective Lebanese group Hezbollah, which is near Iran, on Wednesday additionally issued an announcement in opposition to insults concentrating on the Prophet Mohammed.
It slammed the “ethical and moral chapter that teams, states and leaders are affected by right this moment“, including that deliberately ridiculing the prophet revealed “malicious and hostile intentions”.
The assertion didn’t point out France or Macron, however accused the states and teams in query of “abusing freedom of expression… by suppressing others and stopping them from expressing their convictions and beliefs”.