Rabat – After the hashtag #JesuisCharlie went viral in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Paris offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, a new hashtag was created to commemorate Ahmed Merabt, the Muslim police officer killed during the attack that claimed the lives of twelve people and left the entire world in shock.
42-year-old Ahmed Merabt, a police officer in the 11th arrondissement brigade, was shot by one of the gunmen at close range despite raising his hands in a sign of submission.
Users of social media platforms created the hashtag #JesuisAhmed to honor the life of Ahmed, believed to be the man seen wounded in the videos taken by bystanders during the attack.
The hashtag is thought to have been started by a French Magazine publisher living in Morocco, Julien Casters, who tweets as @JuleLmeghribi, according to the BBC.
“I decided to start the #JesuisAhmed hashtag to remember that a French Muslim was also a victim of the attack,” Casters was quoted by BBC as saying.
“It is a snub to the stigmatization of Islam and a reminder that Muslims in France are not all Islamist radicals,” he added.
The same source added that the hashtag has been mentioned more than 40,000 times on twitter since the attacks.
#JesuisAhmed has led to an extensive discussion on social media outlets, paying tribute to the police officer who was survived by his wife.
Un musulman est mort pour défendre un journal qui se moquait de sa religion. Vous avez quoi à dire contre ça ? #JeSuisAhmed
— Ralphie (@mcgloo) 8 Janvier 2015
#JeSuisAhmed je n’oublierai jamais comment il a été lâchement exécuté alors qu’il était sur le sol… Paix à son âme
— Nadim Bayeh (@NadimBayeh_) 8 Janvier 2015
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) 7 Janvier 2015