That's exactly what happened today in Niamey, the capital of Niger, some 3,000 miles away from France.
At least seven churches were burned Saturday in Niger’s capital Niamey during rioting in response to the publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon in France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine, an AFP correspondent reported.
The sites, which were primarily evangelical churches, were torched on the left bank of Niamey, several of them housed in small villas that bore no distinctive religious signs. Protesters were also headed for the right bank, which also contains numerous churches.
Around 100 helmeted riot police stood in front of the Niamey cathedral at midday, protecting it from a crowd of stone-throwing youths. Earlier, police fired tear gas to disperse some 1,000 youths in front of the city’s grand mosque and AFP witnessed protesters in several parts of the city armed with iron bars and clubs.
French citizens living in Niamey were warned by the embassy over there to not venture out, since rioters had looted French businesses. They had already taken to the streets on Friday. Those violent protests injured 45, and killed a policeman and three civilians. They also burned down the French cultural center and looted three churches.
They were pissed off at the latest cartoon published by Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday showing Mohammed with a tear in his eye, and "All is forgiven - I am Charlie"
|All is forgiven - I am Charlie|
The cartoon isn't even offensive.
Source: Al Arabiya