“Je suis Samuel”: France remembers the decapitated professor. Sit-in for freedom of expression between anger and tears – PHOTO

They cry and thrill of anger, claim the pride of France of the “enlightenment” against l’darkness integralist. For all the cry is #jesuiprof. They’re teachers, guys, ladies with the badge Charlie Hebdo all gathered in place de la République, to remember Samuel Paty, the teacher who, a stone’s throw from Paris in 2020, had his head cut off because he wanted to teach freedom of expression to his pupils and had shown the caricatures of Mohammed.

“Je suis Samuel” is the inscription that appears on banners and placards in the same square where thousands of candles were wept and lit for the massacres in the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo and for that terrible and unforgettable of Bataclan, we return to shed tears and to promise each other that the France will not give up.

For many of the present, the emotions they are uncontrollable. We shout, we cry, we sing. There are – in the piazza – all the 6 years more difficult than the recent history of this country, which began precisely with the terrorism of jihad, passed through the violence magazines of the yellow vests, the strikes that have brought the country to its knees, hence the pandemic and again the blood paid by terrorists. Thousands of signs and banners, “Je suis prof”, “No to the totalitarianism of thought”, “Freedom of expression, freedom to teach”.

Others do you sing and protests echo in the country, from Small a Lyon, gives Nice a Bordeaux and in dozens of other cities. The authorities arrive, the prime minister Jean Castex, the mayor Anne Hidalgo, but they blend with the crowd, they almost avoid getting too noticed. “Don’t do it fear. We are not afraid. You will never divide us. We are there France! ” the premier who comes from deep France tweeted proudly.

Meanwhile, continue the investigation and the number of people arrested to date has risen to 11. There are the parents of the Chechen Abdoullak, who at 18 had shown himself up for being a little boy delinquent and – according to neighbors – being “immersed in religion”. How – according to him – it would be Abdelhakim Sefrioui, the radical Islamist from whom the father of the pupil “indignant” for the lesson on freedom of expression, went to ask for the dismissal of the prof to the principal. He also ended up in custody, which at the director of the institute had presented himself as a member of a elusive “Council of imams of France“. And who is actually the founder of the collective Cheikh Yassine (founder of Hamas, killed by the Israeli army in 2004). It was part of the terrible circle of fundamentalism who was gathering around the professor Samuel Paty in the days after his lecture on freedom of expression.

The Minister of the Interior was thinking of him today, Gérald Darmanin, announcing that he had given orders to prefects to eject as quickly as possible from France 231 irregular foreigners suspected of radicalization.

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