Rabat - French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala has been arrested on grounds he condoned terrorism.
Rabat – French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala has been arrested on grounds he condoned terrorism.
The comedian, known by his stage name Dieudonne, posted on Facebook saying that he sympathized with one of the Paris gunmen, a judicial source has said.
He wrote on Facebook: “I feel like Charlie Coulibaly”, putting together the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” and the gunman, Amédy Coulibaly, who is accused of killing four people at a Jewish supermarket in Paris and a police officer the day before.
Dieudonne was arrested on Wednesday. He posted his controversial Facebook post after attending Sunday’s unity march against hatred that brought together more than 1.5 million people in Paris in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
“Racism, anti-Semitism, historical revisionism, and condoning terrorism are not opinions, they are crimes,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.
Valls condemned Dieudonné’s remark and vowed a crackdown on “speech that kills.”
54 people have been convicted so far in France for hate speech and inciting terror, including four minors.
Dieudonne, who has already faced a number of charges of racism and anti-Semitism, is set to face trial in February. An online campaign in his support has been launched.