This past Saturday saw large protests in Niger during which protesters voiced their opposition of French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo’s, depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. Besides a number of burned churches, looted Christian homes and an attack on a French cultural center, the protests led to the death of at least five Nigerian civilians. “Those who pillage religious sites and profane them, those who persecute and kill their Christian compatriots or foreigners who live on our soil, have understood nothing of Islam,” President Mahamadou Issoufou said in a televised address. The President also confirmed that the five killed had died in churches and bars. “They offended our Prophet Mohammad, that’s what we didn’t like,” said Amadou Abdoul Ouahab, a civilian who took part in the demonstrations; Niger’s 17 million people are almost all Muslims. There were also a number of demonstrations in other African nations, the majority of them peaceful.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe