Iran protests Charlie Hebdo’s Khamenei cartoons – DW – 01/04/2023

Following the publication of caricatures depicting Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian tweeted:

“The insulting and indecent act of a French publication in publishing caricatures against religious and political authority will not go without an effective and decisive response. We will not allow the French government to go beyond its limits. They have definitely chosen the wrong path. “

The weekly published dozens of cartoons on Wednesday ridiculing Iran’s top religious and political figure.

In December, the magazine launched a cartoon contest, following months of protests sparked by the Sept. 16 death in custody of Jina Mahsa Amini, an Iranian Kurdish woman who was arrested for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.

Iranians have also targeted Khamenei’s portraits in months of protests.Image: SalamPix/ABACA/picture-alliance

‘Support the fight’

According to the magazine, the contest would “support the struggle of Iranians who are fighting for their freedom.”

Iranian authorities have described the protests as “riots” and say hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed and thousands of civilians have been arrested. The government has alleged that hostile foreign powers and opposition groups are stoking the unrest.

Charlie Hebdo published the cartoons in a special edition to mark the anniversary of a deadly attack on his Paris office on January 7, 2015, by assailants who said they were acting on behalf of al-Qaida to avenge the magazine’s decision to publish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

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