Pakistan police use tear gas, water cannon on thousands of anti-France protesters

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Pakistan constabulary connected Monday utilized teardrop state and h2o cannon connected thousands of supporters of an Islamist anti-blasphemy enactment aft the apprehension of their leader, who has called for the expulsion of the French ambassador.

Anti-French sentiment has been simmering for months successful Pakistan since President Emmanuel Macron expressed enactment for a magazine's close to republish cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed (AP photo)

Pakistan constabulary utilized teardrop state and h2o cannon Monday connected thousands of supporters of an Islamist anti-blasphemy enactment aft the apprehension of their leader, who has called for the expulsion of the French ambassador.

Anti-French sentiment has been simmering for months successful Pakistan since the authorities of President Emmanuel Macron expressed enactment for a magazine's close to republish cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed -- deemed blasphemous by galore Muslims.

Saad Rizvi, person of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), was detained successful Lahore Monday, enactment officials said.

His apprehension was confirmed by police, but they did not accidental connected what charges.

He had been trying to organise a march connected the superior connected April 20 to request the expulsion of the French ambassador.

Rizvi is the lad of the firebrand cleric, and erstwhile caput of the TLP, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who died successful November.

AFP unit saw constabulary usage teardrop state and h2o cannon to disperse thousands of protesters who blocked streets and intersections successful Lahore, the country's 2nd biggest city.

Last year, TLP supporters brought the superior to a standstill for 3 days with a bid of anti-France rallies.

In a video released connected societal media, the lawman caput of TLP, Syed Zaheer-ul-Hasan Shah, said Rizvi's apprehension meant the authorities had violated an statement to expel the French diplomat.