A middle school teacher in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has been threatened, sparking outrage from the Dutch government, over a cartoon displayed in his classroom depicting a beheaded man sticking his tongue out at a jihadist.
The teacher had posted a drawing after the murderous Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in 2015. In the cartoon, signed Joep Bertrams, the beheaded man wears a t-shirt bearing the image of the French weekly.
On Monday, Muslim students at the Emmauscollege – which paid homage to the French professor Samuel Paty that day, killed in October after showing caricatures of Muhammad to his students – said they were offended by the drawing, calling it “blasphemous.” », According to the daily newspaper NRC.
A photo of the drawing was then shared widely on Instagram. One internet user wrote, “If this is not removed very quickly, then we will deal with it differently.”
The prosecution and law enforcement took the online threats “very seriously,” police said on Twitter, adding that an investigation had been opened to find the perpetrators.
“Intolerable” for the Minister of Education
Following these threats, the teacher, whose identity has not been revealed, was forced to “go into hiding”, reports the daily NRC. “Harassment and threats against teachers can in no way be tolerated and we strongly oppose this,” Education Minister Arie Slob said in a letter to parliament. The beheading of Samuel Paty is an “awareness” for all of us, he continued, adding that a complaint had been filed by the establishment.
The far right has seized on these threats. Its leader Gerrt Wilders, who had organized a Muhammad cartoon competition in 2018, demanded the closure of the borders by launching: “Get rid of the scum, freedom is stronger than hatred and we do not leave Islam and the Muslim radicals intimidate us! “.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr