Charlie Hebdo and the cartoons on Khamenei, anger of Tehran

Dozens of caricatures in French satirical magazine, Iran: “An offensive and indecent act”

“An offensive and indecent act.” Thus the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, defined the publication by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo of dozens of caricatures featuring the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The “offensive and indecent” act of the French magazine will not remain “without an effective and decisive response”, the head of Tehran’s diplomacy declared in a tweet, underlining that “we will not allow the French government to cross the line. They have taken the wrong way, definitely.”

On December 8, Charlie Hebdo – previously blacklisted by Iranian sanctions – had launched a competition of caricatures on the Supreme Leader with the aim of “supporting the struggle of Iranians fighting for their freedom, ridiculing this religious leader of a another era and sending it back to the dustbin of history” and today “the selection of the winners” was published. In one of Tehran’s disputed cartoons Khamenei wears a turban with a lit fuse, in another a group of female athletes raises her head like a trophy. There are also some that portray the ayatollah stoned by two naked women and Khamenei, while drowning in a sea of ​​blood, who tries to save himself by clinging to a noose.