Iran summons France’s envoy over ‘insulting’ cartoons of Ayatollah Khamenei
The Islamic Republic of Iran has summoned France’s envoy to Tehran to protest against “insulting” cartoons of the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Iran slammed France and the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over publishing Khamenei’s cartoons. The French magazine had published cartoons of Khamenei, which were part of a competition it launched to support protests in the Islamic nation sparked by the death of a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, on September 16 while in the custody of the country’s controversial morality police. The magazine said it started the contest “to support the struggle of Iranians.”
The French magazine said it published the pictures in its special edition to mark the anniversary of a deadly attack on its Paris office in January 2015 by “Islamist militants.” Two French Muslim terrorists, armed with rifles and other weapons, killed 12 people while attacking the magazine’s office in Paris, the capital of France.
Nasser Kanaani, the 13th spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, reportedly said that his country does not accept insulting its Islamic, religious, and national values in any way.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also slammed the French magazine. He wrote on Twitter that his country would take action against the indecent act of a French publication. He said, “We will not allow the French government to go beyond its bounds.”
Iran has been gripped by huge protests. Iran has repeatedly accused its foreign enemies of orchestrating the anti-government and anti-hijab protests in the country. The country has also asked western countries to not interfere in the Islamic nation’s internal matters.
Human rights activists started protests across the Islamic Republic to seek justice for Amini. They accused the morality police of beating Amini to death because she wore a loose hijab.