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French Cops Detain, Question 8-Year-Old over Charlie Hebdo Comments

French police detained and questioned an 8-year-old boy today over comments he made that seemed to indicate support for the terrorist acts against Charlie Hebdo. This comes weeks after an anti-Semitic comedian was arrested in France for “defending terrorism.”

According to the AFP, this boy declined to participate in his class’ moment of silence for the victims of the terrorist attacks in France earlier this month. He also expressed solidarity with the terrorists and their actions.

Marcel Authier, the director of public security for the region, explained, “In the current context, the principal of the school decided to report to police what had happened. We summoned the child and his father to try and comprehend how an eight-year-old boy could hold such radical ideas.”

The police questioned the young boy (who reportedly told police he doesn’t completely understand what terrorism is) for half an hour, and his lawyer argued he was just expressing his opposition to Charlie Hebdo running the Mohammed cartoons.

A spokesperson for the Collective Against Islamophobia in France condemned the police detaining a young boy, saying, “They put a lot of pressure on this child, also physical and psychological violence against this child and we know it is because this child is Muslim and it is unacceptable.”

[h/t CBS News]
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