There was a standing ovation from the crowd at the Place de la République in Paris, with people carrying the slogan “Je suis enseignant” (I am a teacher).
A man named Abdoulakh A was shot dead by police on Friday (16/10/2020) after killing Paty near his school, near Paris.
Currently, an 11th person has been arrested as part of the case investigation, reports from BBC on Sunday (18/10/2020).
No details were given about the arrests. The suspect’s four close relatives were detained shortly thereafter murder occur.
Six more people were detained on Saturday, including the father of a student at the school and a preacher described by French media as an Islamist. radical.
Where did the protest take place?
Place de la République in Paris is now full of people who banded together to support Paty. Prime Minister Jean Castex and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo joined them.
In the square, 1.5 million people protested after the 2015 deadly attack on the office of a satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, after the Prophet Muhammad’s cartoon was published.
A protester on Sunday carried a sign reading “zero tolerance for all enemies of the Republic”. Another wrote, “I am a professor. I think of you, Samuel. “
In addition, at Le Figaro there is also one Muslim The French filled the ranks among the protesters, who expressed disgust at the killing.
A minute’s silence is followed by the French national anthem, the Marseillaise. All protesters wear masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex posted a stanza on the national anthem, along with the words “You don’t scare us … we are France!”
In Lille, people carried banners and placards reading “I am Samuel”.
Thousands of people also gathered at Place Bellecour in Lyon to pay their respects, with a large number of protesters in Nantes.
Demonstrations are also held in Toulouse, Strasbourg, Marseille, Bordeaux and elsewhere.
Besides demonstration On Sunday there will be a national award given by Paty (47 years old), on Wednesday.
“A civilization doesn’t kill innocent people, like barbarism,” Tareq Oubrou, the imam of the mosque in Bordeaux, told France Inter on Saturday.
Laurent Nuñez, head of France’s counter-terrorism task force, told France Info radio that “boundaries have been breached”. He condemned the act of “anger” as an attack on “freedom to teach”.
What happened on Friday?
Anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard said that the suspect, who lives in the Normandy town of Évreux, about 100 km from the site of the murder, went to Paty’s school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday afternoon and asked students to show teachers.
Abdoulakh A, 18, born in Moscow from Chechnya, has no clear relationship with teachers or the school.
He followed Paty when he came home from work. The suspect used a knife to hit the teacher’s head, then cut him off.
As the police approached Abdoulakh, he opened fire on them with an air rifle. Officers returned fire, hitting him nine times. A knife 30 cm long was found nearby.
Authorities said the man had been brought to court with another case, but only a charge of minor offenses.
What’s new in investigations?
Ricard said Paty had been the target of threats since she showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during free speech classes in connection with the Charlie Hebdo case.
The trials of the 2015 attack on the magazine are currently underway.
As she has done in similar lessons in recent years, Paty, a history and geography teacher, advises Muslim students to stay away if they find it offensive.
The parents of one of the students reacted angrily, and went to school to complain.
He and another man accompanying him, Abdelhakim Sefrioui, a preacher and activist, made a video calling Paty a “voyou” and demanding his postponement.
Sefrioui has reportedly been known to French intelligence services for years. Both he and his father are now in detention.