Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad says Muslims have a right to kill millions of French people for past massacres

World | 29 Oct 2020 11:15 pm

Former Malaysia leader says Muslims have the right to 'kill millions of French people'

Mahathir Mohamad has said Muslims have the right to "kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past,'' Sky News reports.

However, the former Malaysian prime minister said he did not approve of the killing of a French teacher over his use of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Mahathir, 95, a respected leader in the Muslim world, said he believed in freedom of expression but that it should not be used to insult others.

He wrote: "Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.

"But by and large the Muslims have not applied the 'eye for an eye' law. Muslims don't. The French shouldn't.

"Since you have blamed all Muslims and the Muslims' religion for what was done by one angry person, the Muslims have a right to punish the French."

Twitter said the message violated its rules about glorifying violence, but it determined that it may be in the public's interest for the post to remain.

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