4 Turkish and Algerian children “terrorized” by armed police – Middle East Monitor


Four children were “terrorized” by French armed police on Thursday over allegations that they “justified terrorism” by expressing their concerns about the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Agence Anatolia reported.The group of ten-year-old children, three of Turkish origin and one of Algerian origin, were taken to Albertville police station in south-eastern France after armed security forces raided Their houses.

Servet Yildirim, the Franco-Turkish father of one of the children was cited by Agence Anatolia as saying: ” [the police] clearly wanted to terrorize us ”.

Ten armed police officers arrived at the family’s home before 7 a.m. last Thursday and aggressively woke residents up by knocking on the door, according to Yildirim.

Heavily armed policemen searched the house, taking pictures of wall hangings and decorations.

Yildirim, his wife and daughter were then taken to the local police station where they were questioned about their religious identity and beliefs for at least two hours.

Yildirim said: “The police asked us, ‘Are you praying? Do you go to mosque? Do your children go to the mosque? Do they receive religious education at the mosque? “

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The family were also questioned about rising tensions between French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Yildirim explained that he had been asked: “What do you think of the debate between [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan et [French President Emmanuel] Macron? They asked us questions such as: “What is your political opinion on Turkey? “”

The raid took place because Yildirim’s daughter had expressed concerns about the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) cartoons in class.

The ten-year-old told the Agence Anatolia Her teacher asked her what she thought of Samuel Paty’s muder, beheaded by a teenager after showing his students caricatures of the Islamic prophet.

The girl reportedly said, “I told him I was sorry he died, but nothing would have happened if he hadn’t shown the cartoons… My teacher just answered. “Okay, I get it,” and that was it. ”

Despite his daughter’s comments, however, Yildirim said Agence Anatolia that she does not know anything about the incident because the family does not discuss these matters at home.

The raid comes just days after students returned to France amid the coronavirus pandemic. The schools marked their return by holding a minute of silence in memory of Samuel Paty.

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