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Report: Iran sees mass demonstrations over Charlie Hebdo

January 23, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state television is reporting mass demonstrations have taken place in several cities over the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo depicting the Prophet Muhammad on its cover.

The state television report said the protests happened after Friday prayers, though it did not offer an estimate on how many people took part.

A Jan. 7 terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo’s Paris office killed 12 people. Many across the Muslim world have protested satirical weekly’s first issue after the attack, which shows a drawing of a tearful Prophet Muhammad holding a sign saying “Je suis Charlie.” Depicting the prophet in any fashion is taboo for many Muslims.

Last week, Iran condemned the “provocative” publication of the caricature, calling it an insult to Islam.

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