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Clashes erupted 16 November in Rawalpindi between the security forces and supporters of the radical Islamist movement Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) during a new mobilization to protest against the publication by the Charlie Hebdo newspaper of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and against the statements of French President Emmanuel Macron on Islam (see our previous alerts).

The protesters demand the breaking of diplomatic relations with France and the expulsion of the ambassador.

According to media sources, the police used tear gas in response to stone throwing by demonstrators and erected barricades in order to prevent crowds from reaching Islamabad.

According to the same information, clashes also took place 15 November in Faizabad.

An important security reinforcement was observed.

Ongoing protest movement should be expected over the coming days.

We remind you that it is advisable to keep well away from all gatherings and mob movements. Unrest is possible in the event of police intervention.

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