The murder of French teacher Samuel Paty was discussed in the French embassy in The Hague on Wednesday afternoon. With a minute’s silence, the French ambassador to the Netherlands, Luis Vassy, wanted to pay tribute to the teacher who was beheaded in a suburb of Paris by an 18-year-old Muslim extremist of Chechen descent. The teacher had shown cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on freedom of expression in front of the class.
“He taught his students what freedom of speech means. Killing someone who carries such a message is another step in the barbarism we have been exposed to in recent years. This is not the first time that France has been the victim of extreme Islamic violence, ”Vassy said after the memorial.
About ten people gathered outside the French embassy to pay tribute to freedom of expression. A mother and daughter reported that they came to honor Paty and to show that he did not die in vain. “You can find and say anything, but you cannot kill anyone for it. Teachers should be free to say what they want and not be afraid of being beheaded. We are here to let you know that he did well, ”said one of them with tears in his eyes. People put flowers in the embassy.
Vassy is touched by the support in the Netherlands. “We fought so hard for our freedom in Europe that we all have to protect.”