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Hundreds of thousands march in Chechnya against religious cartoons

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 01:29

Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Russia's Chechnya region on Monday against what its Kremlin-backed leader called the ''vulgar and immoral'' cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad published by French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Pavithra George reports.

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Thousands rally against French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Russia's predominantly Muslim region of Chechnya. Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov denounced the magazine's cartoons of the Prophet as "vulgar and immoral". The rally was shown live on state television - a sign that it had the support of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Protesters said the cartoons hurt the sentiments of Muslims around the world. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) GROZNY RESIDENT, KHAVA AKHMATOVA, SAYING: "I think we, Muslims, have been insulted all over the world. Our religious feelings are hurt. And our religious right is also hurt. And I think it is the duty of every Muslim to come out and take part in this march. Not to demonstrate aggression, not to demonstrate the superiority of one religion over another, but simply to show that the good is greater than the evil." The demonstration is one of several staged in Muslim countries following Charlie Hebdo's latest cover that shows the Prophet Muhammad weeping, after gunmen stormed the magazine's offices, killing 12 people.

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Hundreds of thousands march in Chechnya against religious cartoons

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 01:29