On Tuesday, Hezbollah, the powerful pro-Iranian movement in Lebanon, criticized the caricatures of Iranian leader Ali Khamenei that the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo had previously published.
The party calls on France to take steps against Charlie Hebdo. “Hezbollah strongly condemns this disgusting act,” the Shiite party said in a statement.
In early December, Charlie Hebdo published dozens of caricatures of Iran’s top religious and political leader. The cartoons were chosen from entries for a competition launched as protests in Iran escalated over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
The Iranian-Kurdish woman died after being arrested for allegedly violating Iran’s strict dress code.
“Imam Khamenei is not only the leader of the country but also a religious reference for tens of millions of believers,” Hezbollah stressed. In response to the cartoons, Iran had also previously put an end to the activities of the French research institute in Iran.
On Sunday, several Iranians also gathered in front of the French embassy in Tehran to express their displeasure.