Thousands of people demonstrated in Lahore to protest the arrest of Saad Rizvi, an Islamist official who demanded the expulsion of the French ambassador after the re-publication of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Pakistani police used tear gas and water cannons on April 12 in Lahore, eastern Pakistan to disperse thousands of supporters of a radical Islamist party after the arrest of its leader, Saad Rizvi, who had called for the expulsion of the French ambassador.
In a video posted on social media, TLP (Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan) deputy chief Syed Zaheer-ul-Hasan Shah said Saad Rizvi’s arrest meant the government had violated a pending deal. to expel the French diplomat.
Saad Rizvi is the son of Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the former leader of the TLP, who died in November. He was largely behind the often stormy anti-French protests that rocked Pakistan in the fall after the republication of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons by the French satirical weekly. Charlie hebdo.
The TLP had also mobilized thousands of demonstrators to protest against statements by French President Emmanuel Macron, who had defended the right to cartoon in the name of freedom of expression, during the tribute to Samuel Paty, the teacher beheaded on October 16 after showing his class satirical cartoons.
TLP supporters paralyzed the capital for three days last year with a series of anti-French rallies.