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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cheat Sheet - Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive

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January 08, 2015
We must support Charlie Hebdo following the deadly attack yesterday, writes Ayaan Hirsi Ali, because "our rules protect satirists from jihadists, and not the other way around." The former Muslim and author of Infidel says asserting the right to free speech is the only way to ensure the 12 didn't die in vain.
Opponents of Muslims and immigrants are claiming their fears have been vindicated by the Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo. Across Europe, anti-Muslim advocates are seizing on the tragedy, reports Barbie Latza Nadeau. Will they take power next?

Survivors of the attack on Charlie Hebdo said two gunmen left the magazine's editorial meeting a "sea of blood." The gunmen forced cartoonist Corinne Rey, who had just picked up her daughter from daycare, to let them into the building. Then they killed the building's security guard and demanded "Where is Charb?" referring to editor Stéphane Charbonnier. Inside the editorial meeting, the paper's chief cartoonists were shot where they sat frozen, and almost everyone else in the room was massacred in an attack that lasted "about five minutes," according to Rey. A freelance journalist who had come in for a meeting says she was grabbed by one of the gunmen and told, "Don't be afraid, calm down, I won't kill you. You are a woman. But think about what you're doing. It's not right." Julien Beaupé, who helped medics at the scene, said, "We tried to look away, because it was just a sea of blood. All the bodies were on the ground, there was gore on the tables...."


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