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Iran Warns France Over ‘Insulting’ Cartoons Against Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran warned this Wednesday France who will react after the publication of “insulting” cartoons against the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, the ayatollah Ali Khameneiin the French satirical weekly charlie hebdo.

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The magazine published dozens of drawings representing the country’s most important religious and political personality.

These are cartoons selected in a contest launched in December in response to the wave of protests in Iran following the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian Kurdish woman arrested for allegedly failing to comply with the strict dress code for women.

“The insulting and indecent act of a French publication of disseminating cartoons against religious and political authority will not go without an effective and firm response,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on his Twitter account.

“We will not allow the French government to cross the line. He has definitely taken the wrong path,” added Amir-Abdollahian.

Charlie Hebdo announced in December that Khamenei’s “international cartoon production contest” was aimed at supporting “Iranians fighting for their freedom”.

Authorities say hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, were killed and thousands arrested in what they call “riots” and accuse foreign powers and opposition groups of inciting the protests.

Charlie Hebdo published the cartoons in a special edition for the anniversary of the deadly attack on his Paris office on January 7, 2015. The latter was carried out by attackers who claimed to be acting on behalf of Al Qaeda to avenge the newspaper’s decision to publish caricatures of the prophet Muhammad.

The publication of these drawings sparked anger in Muslim countries, while the 2015 attacks on its workers led to widespread support for the magazine around the world.

Source: Elcomercio

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