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I am shocked by the brutality, we must protect freedom of speech, Babiš said about the murder of the teacher

According to the French authorities, the murderer of a Parisian history teacher was an 18-year-old young man of Chechen origin born in Moscow. He fled after his act on Friday and was shot dead by police shortly afterwards. Police found an identity card with him and verified his identity.

Nine people, including family members of the alleged offender, have already been detained as part of the investigation, AFP reported, citing court sources.

An attacker on Friday night in the suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine northwest of the center of the French capital cut off the victims’ head. The teacher worked at a local school that the alleged killer attended as a student. Police are investigating the case as a terrorist attack. Reuters reports that one of the witnesses heard the attacker shout Allah akbar (Arabic God is great).

Police first detained four people, one of whom was a minor. Five other people were arrested on Saturday night: among them are relatives of the alleged perpetrator and people from his surroundings. Another person was arrested on Saturday. According to the prosecutor’s office, a member of the terrorist organization Islamic State, which has been in Syria since 2014, is among those arrested.

According to several French media, the victim is a 47-year-old high school history teacher who recently lectured students about freedom of speech and showed them cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

The daily Le Monde writes that the lecture aroused resentment among some parents. On October 5, they filed a criminal complaint against the teachers for distributing pornographic material. The daily also claims that the attacker was not a pupil of the murdered man, nor did he attend the school where the teacher worked.

According to anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard, the attack was preceded by threats against the school and the teacher himself. According to him, the suspect had a ten-year residence permit in France as a refugee. He was not known to the security forces.

Immediately before the attack, the alleged perpetrator asked the schoolchildren present to show him the teachers, Ricard said. This would indicate that he did not know his victim in advance. After the crime, he simply posted a picture on Twitter with the text in which he confessed to the murder: “I executed one of your hellhounds because he dared to despise Muhammad.”

According to Reuters, the teacher has been the target of attacks on social networks in recent days. The father of a Muslim student posted a video on the Internet in which he was outraged that the teacher was showing the daughter of a cartoon of Muhammad and admonishing her when she protested.

In the second video, published after a personal complaint to the principal, he stated the name of the teacher and the school. The third recording features his father again, this time with an Islamic activist who, according to Ricardo, is known to the French secret services and who threatened to retaliate in the video if the teacher was not removed. Both the father and the man from the recording are among those arrested.

Residents with “I am a teacher” banners marched near the school on Saturday as a sign of solidarity, the AP agency reported. Dozens of demonstrations with top politicians are announced on Sunday across France. Teachers are to demonstrate in Paris from 15:00. According to the AFP agency, the Elysee Palace announced a nationwide ordeal on Wednesday.

The assassination was condemned by French politicians led by President Emmanuel Macron, who said it was an attack on freedom of speech backed by Islamic terrorism. Speaking with teachers’ unions, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the murder was an attack on the freedom of teaching and the fundamental values ​​of the French Republic. The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also expressed her condolences and solidarity with teachers on Twitter.

And also the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who wrote in French on his twitter: “I am shocked by the brutal murder that took place near Paris yesterday and I want to express my deepest condolences. The victim was a teacher who recently showed cartoons Charlie Hebdo about Muhammad. freedom of speech! “

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