Charlie Hebdo Re-Runs Mohammad Cartoons That Sparked 2015 Attack As Trial Begins

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Charlie Hebdo, a French satire magazine, is reprinting its controversial caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad to mark the beginning of the trial of alleged accomplices in a deadly attack against the paper’s headquarters sparked by the cartoons in 2015.

“We will never lie down. We will never give up,” editor Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau wrote in an editorial to run on the first day of the trial, according to Reuters.

In the horrific attack, twelve people, including some of the magazine’s veteran cartoonists, were killed when Said and Cherif Kouachi stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo and hammered everything in sight with relentless automatic gunfire.

The Kouachi brothers and a third gunman who killed five people in the 48 hours following the attack at Charlie Hebdo were slain by police in different stand-offs. 14 of their alleged accomplices, however, survived and are set to go on trial on Wednesday.

The reprinting of the cartoons is seen as a boldly defiant move, with Charlie Hebdo exercising its right to free speech regardless of offense.

After the initial publication of the cartoons back in 2006, Reuters continues, Jihadists online warned the weekly would “pay for its mockery” of their prophet.

“The freedom to caricature and the freedom to dislike them are enshrined and nothing justifies violence,” the French Council of the Muslim Faith wrote on Twitter in response, Reuters reported.

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