Samuel Paty beheading: Teacher's slaying spurs protests across France

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An 18-year-old man of Chechen origin has been identified as the suspect in Friday's beheading of a schoolteacher in a suburb of Paris, a French judicial source told CNN Saturday.
Paris (CNN) Demonstrators took to the streets of French locales Sunday lauding free speech and decrying violence against educators after the slaying of a teacher who used caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad during a lesson.

Thousands gathered in and around Paris' Place de la République, some holding signs showing the front page of Charlie Hebdo -- a satirical magazine targeted by extremists after showing cartoons of the prophet -- while others lofted placards, saying, "No to Islamisation" and "Nazislamisation is cutting our throats."

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Prime Minister Jean Castex and other politicians were on hand at the protests.

A special needs teacher who works in the Paris area told CNN she joined the demonstration because she was shocked by the killing.

"We all should live together and learn to live together, and everybody has to respect everybody's faith," she said.

Killer took credit, prosecutor says

Abdoullakh Abouyezidovitch, an 18-year-old Chechen refugee, took credit for Friday's beheading of Samuel Paty, 47, who taught history and geography at Collège du Bois d'Aulne. Police killed the teen Friday afternoon in Éragny, the same Paris suburb where Paty's body was found.

Paty had taught a class on freedom of expression, during which he used caricatures of the prophet taken from Charlie Hebdo, sparking controversy in the weeks preceding his death, authorities said.

Before police gunned him down Friday , Abouyezidovitch said…
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