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Afghans Protest Charlie Hebdo's Muhammad Cover

Protest against "Charlie Hebdo" in Jalalabad on January 19.
Protest against "Charlie Hebdo" in Jalalabad on January 19.

Several hundred people have demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan against the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The protesters burned a French flag as they chanted "Death to France" during the January 19 rally in Nangarhar Province’s capital, Jalalabad.

They also demanded the French Embassy in Kabul be shut down and that the French government apologize to Muslims.

The cover of Charlie Hebdo's latest issue features Muhammad shedding a tear and holding a sign reading "Je suis Charlie" -- infuriating many Muslims across the world.

The slogan has been used by media outlets and millions of people worldwide to show solidarity with the 12 victims of an attack by Islamist militants on the weekly’s offices on January 7 and declare their support for freedom of speech.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP