Je suis Charlie

JE-SUIS-CHARLIEToday, twelve people were killed by three gunmen in Paris. The political cartoonists at the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo have been living under death threats for about a decade due to publishing cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. Today, those threats were carried out, despite the police protection at the door. People around the world have been rallying in support of the fallen and freedom of speech under the banner “Je suis Charlie” (zjuh swee sharlee) or “I am Charlie.” If freedom of speech is suppressed by terrorism, we will all have lost an incalculable treasure.

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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4 Responses to Je suis Charlie

  1. Ellen A. says:

    Shocked and upset all day about this, but I felt better to see the crowds near Place de la Republique holding up “Je suis Charlie” signs and the glowing letters spelling “Not Afraid” in English. God bless the French. They still have the right stuff.

  2. Ellen A. says:

    We can’t let that happen. Police officer Ahmed Merabet was a brave Muslim who died trying to protect the journalists. The perpetrators did not care a bit about who he really was, or about religion. As I think one Muslim cleric put it, “These terrorists are not followers of Mohammed, they are followers of Satan.” So this is a struggle between dark and light, between civilization and barbarity, between courage and fear, free speech versus silence. I believe that most of the French understand this and are not bigoted. They know that It really has nothing to do with religion, other than the corrupted version of religion that the terrorists put on to try to disguise their true intentions, which are to seize power and suppress free people. They are just like the Nazis. Plus ca change…

    • Agreed. This morning, a colleague told me about the Australian response to the café shooting. Those who wished to show solidarity with Muslims joined the #illridewithyou movement, offering to walk or ride with Muslims to protect them from retaliation for the acts of a madman.

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