Montrealers line up for Charlie Hebdo
Montrealers lined up very early Friday morning to pick up a copy of Charlie Hebdo magazine.
About 100 customers lined up at Maison de la Presse Internationale on Ste. Catherine St. E. Many arrived at 5 a.m. outside the magazine shop and waited for the store to open two hours later, but there weren't enough copies to go around.
Of the 1,500 copies sent to Canada, the store received only 25.
The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo published another cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover of its first issue since Islamic extremists killed 12 people at its offices on Jan. 7. The cover featured the tearful prophet holding up a sign that says "Charlie Hebdo" with the words "All is forgiven" above his head.
The funeral of slain editor Stephane Charbonnier took place Friday in France.
One of the clients in the store said this issue is going to make people cry.
"It's making me cry already," she said. "It's sad to see what the world is coming to. You can't even laugh, people are getting killed for a joke."
The store expects to receive more copies on Monday.
In Pakistan, Jordan and Algeria Friday, demonstrators clashed with police as anger flared among Muslims over the French satirical weekly's latest caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. A photographer with Agence France-Presse was shot and wounded, one of four people hurt in the melee in Pakistan.
Supporters say the cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo is a defiant expression of free speech following a terrorist attack on the publication's Paris offices that killed 12 people on Jan. 7, but many Muslims viewed it as another attack on their religion.
There were concerns that rallies against the depiction of the prophet -- an act deemed insulting to many followers of Islam -- would unravel into violence in Muslim majority countries, but most of the protests were peaceful.
-- with files from the The Associated Press