TENS of thousands of people staged a rally on Monday in Russia’s Chechnya region against French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.
Men in traditional dress and women and children shouted: “Allahu akbar” as they streamed down the main thoroughfare of Chechen capital Grozny.
Charlie Hebdo published a picture of Mohammed weeping on its cover last week after Islamic extremist gunmen stormed its offices, killing 12 people.
The gunmen said the attack was revenge for cartoons the magazine had published mocking Islam.
“We will launch a decisive protest against the vulgarity, immorality, lack of culture and shamelessness of those who drew the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him,” head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov wrote online before the rally.
“We publicly warn that we will not tolerate similar actions,” he said.
In Afghanistan, several hundred people burned the French flag as they chanted “Death to France” at a rally against Charlie Hebdo.
The protesters — mostly young men — at Monday’s rally in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, demanded the French embassy in Kabul be shut and that the French government apologise to Muslims.
Spokesman Naheeb GhamSarik said that the protesters demanded France “respect the holy values of Muslims and the Muslim prophet.”
It was the third day of protests across Afghanistan against the magazine.