Thousands of protesters gather in different towns and cities in France to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, the schoolteacher, who was killed for allegedly showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during his class as part of their discussion on freedom of expression. The 47-year-old history teacher was repeatedly attacked with a 30cm butcher’s knife outside of his school by 18-year-old assailant, Abdullakh Anzorov. The attacker, who allegedly posted a photo of the decapitated head on his Twitter account minutes after the murder, was shot dead by the police when he tried to fire and stab them as the officers got near him.
The Guardian: “I have executed one of the dogs from hell who dared to put Muhammad down,” the attacker said
According to The Guardian, leading politicians, civil rights associations and teachers’ unions rallied in cities including Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux in support of free speech and in tribute to Samuel Paty, who was killed outside his school on Friday after discussing caricatures of the prophet Muhammad with his class.
The 47-year-old history and geography teacher was repeatedly attacked with a 30cm butcher’s knife outside the Bois-d’Aulne secondary school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, about 20 miles north-west of Paris, by an 18-year-old assailant, The Guardian revealed.
A Twitter account under the name Abdoulakh A belonging to the suspect posted a photo of the decapitated head from the attacker’s mobile phone minutes after the attack, along with the message: “I have executed one of the dogs from hell who dared to put Muhammad down.”