France will pay tribute to a history
teacher, Samuel Paty, beheaded for displaying caricatures of Prophet Mohamed in
his class during a free speech lesson on Friday.
According to AFP, President Emmanuel
Macron will posthumously award the deceased teacher France’s highest order of
merit, the Legion d’Honneur in his memorial ceremony, which he would attend
with Paty’s family and some 400 guests on Wednesday at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Amidst the nationwide protest, police
had carried out several raids since the killing and the six-month shutdown of a
mosque outside Paris, actively participating in the hate mongering regarding
the teacher has been ordered by the authorities.
As per AFP, seven people, including two
pupils, will appear before an anti-terror judge for a decision on criminal
charges pertaining to the gruesome killing of 47 year old teacher that shook the country and prompted a government crackdown on radical Islam.
According to AFP, Paty was subjected to
an online backlash ever since his lecture and was attacked by 18 year old Abdullakh
Anzorov on Friday after he left the premises of Junior High School outside
On Tuesday, imitating government’s plan
to dissolve a group, believed to be supporting a Palestinian militant gang, Hamas,
President Macron said, “Our fellow citizens expect actions,” as per AFP
Macron has also announced that a pro-Hamas
group called the Sheikh Yassin Collective would be dissolved for being
“directly implicated” in the murder. The group’s founder, Islamist
radical Abdelhakim Sefrioui, is among those in custody over the murder said an
Soon after the grisly execution, Abdullakh
Anzorov tweeted images of deceased’s decapitated
body before he was shot dead by the police which was widely shared over social
An image of Paty with a message
claiming responsibility for his murder was also found in Anzorov’s cell phone, who
hails from the Russian region of Chechnya, while Russia has rebutted any
association with the killer.
Paty’s beheading was the second knife
attack in the name of avenging Prophet Mohammed since Charlie Hebdo killings in
2015 when 12 people, including cartoonists, were gunned down
Nine out of 16 people held over the
murder were released from custody late Tuesday, including four members of
Anzorov’s family and three school pupils.
So far three of Anzorov’s friends, one of
whom as per AFP allegedly drove him and another who allegedly accompanied him to
buy a weapon.
The killing has prompted an outpouring
of emotion and solidarity in France, with tens of thousands people taking part
in rallies countrywide over the weekend.