Tens of thousands of people staged a rally on Monday in Russia’s Chechnya region against French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, which the predominantly Muslim region’s leader denounced as “vulgar and immoral”. Carrying signs declaring “Hands off the Prophet Mohammad”, men in traditional Chechen dress and women and children shouted “Allahu Akbar”
(God is greatest) as they streamed down the main thoroughfare of Chechnya’s capital, Grozny, rebuilt after two separatist wars in the North Caucasus region. French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published a picture of Mohammad weeping on its cover last week after gunmen stormed its offices, killing 12 people. The gunmen said the attack was revenge for cartoons the magazine had published mocking Islam.