Tuesday 17 October 2017

Charlie Hebdo Attack: #JeSuisAhmed Hashtag honours murdered police officer

Candles and a placard which reads
Candles and a placard which reads "I am Charlie" are pictured to pay tribute to victims at the French embassy at Pariser Platz in Berlin January 7, 2015

The identification of one of the Charlie Hebdo attack victims as a Muslim has led to a new outcry of support online.

Ahmed Merabet was shot at point blank range on the pavement outside the newspaper’s offices in Paris.

Yesterday the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag went viral as a show of solidarity for the victims.

Today, a new slogan paying tribute to Mr Merabet is gathering momentum online.

Mr Merabet, a police officer in the 11th arrondissement brigade, was killed by the terrorists despite the fact that his hands were raised in a show of surrender. 

A tweet by Dyab Abou Jahjah today reads: “I am not Charlie, I am Ahmed the dead cop. Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so. #JesuisAhmed”

Within three hours, the tweet was retweeted 3,300 times.

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