Thousands of people honor the beheaded professor in Paris

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The teacher was assassinated after showing cartoons of Muhammad to his students in a school

The protesters, in the Plaza de la República.
The protesters, in the Plaza de la República. / Afp

Thousands of people have marched this Sunday in the Place de la République in Paris to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, the history teacher who was beheaded on Friday in the Paris region.

With banners saying ‘No to the totalitarianism of thought’ or ‘I am a teacher’, the crowd calmly paid tribute to the murdered teacher after he had shown cartoons of Muhammad to his students at a school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. ‘I’m Samuel!’ Freedom of speech, freedom of teaching! ‘People chanted, and there was also long applause.

Prime Minister Jean Castex, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Paris Region President Valérie Pécresse and Insubordinate Party Leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon were also present.

Around the statue of the Republic Square, some attendees waved French flags and other signs that read ‘It is dark in the land of lights’.

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