French Police Arrest 8-Year-Old Muslim Boy on Ridiculous Charges Of Supporting Terrorism
As part of a wider crackdown against the perceived threat of terrorism, French authorities are imposing various anti-radicalization programs focused on its Muslim population. In Nice St. Augustine, this campaign has netted an eight-year-old child on ludicrous charges that he supports terrorists.
The boy, Ahmed, was arrested on January 8, a day after the Charlie Hedbo attacks. His teacher reportedly asked him if he was Charlie, and when he refused, the director of the school filed a complaint with the police accusing him of supporting terrorism. He was also reportedly denied an insulin shot (he is diabetic).
The child admitted to saying he was “with the terrorists and against the caricatures,” but it's unlikely that a young child would truly understand the implications of such a statement.
Ahmed's ordeal has caused some in French social media to mock authorities for their paranoid treatment of the child. Here's one example:
The parents of the child plan to take action against school officials.
France has now arrested over 50 people for social media posts it deemed supportive of terrorism. French authorities have also launched a bizarre campaign to encourage French citizens to report radicalization using telltale signs such as “a sudden change in eating habits” or a sudden disinterest in sports.