‘Je Suis Charlie’ message goes viral after Paris attack

Messages of condolence, outrage and defiance over the Paris terrorist attack on a newspaper office spread quickly around the world. (AFP)

Messages of condolence, outrage and defiance over the Paris terrorist attack on a newspaper office spread quickly around the world Wednesday through the use of the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” on social media.

Online, the declaration “Je Suis Charlie,” or “I Am Charlie,” replaced profile pictures on Facebook while Twitter users showed themselves with the slogan on signs with words of support for the 12 victims who were killed at Charlie Hebdo, a weekly newspaper that had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.

The “Je Suis Charlie” slogan grew into a trending hashtag on Twitter and spread to Instagram, along with an image of a machine gun with the words “Ceci n’est pas une religion,” or “This is not a religion.”

One user on Instagram sent out a simple black-and-white drawing of the Eiffel Tower with the message: “Pray for Paris.” Another wrote: “Islam is a beautiful religion. This is not what we see on TV. Terrorists are not real Muslims. #IamCharlie.

Masked gunmen methodically killed 12 people, including the newspaper’s editor, as they shouted “Allahu akbar!” - or “Allah is the greatest” - while firing, then fleeing in a car.

The newspaper’s depictions of Islam have drawn condemnation and threats before. It was firebombed in 2011 and also satirized other religions and political figures.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43
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