In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, a new hashtag has been created to honor a slain police officer. Ahmed Merabet, 42, was shot and killed at point-blank range outside of the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris.
Merabet was Muslim, and one of the two police officers killed in the terrorist attack that left 12 people dead. The hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (I Am Charlie) went viral on Wednesday, to commemorate the victims. Another hashtag, #JeSuisAhmed, began on Twitter on Wednesday, picking up steam on Thursday.
Here’s a look at the #JeSuisAhmed tweets:
Ahmed Merabet protected people. He was the true face of modern Islam. His murderers were not. #JeSuisAhmed
— Imran Ahmed (@Imi_Ahmed) January 7, 2015
I am not Charlie, I am Ahmed the dead cop. Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so. #JesuisAhmed
— Dyab Abou Jahjah (@Aboujahjah) January 8, 2015
— Kees Diepeveen (@kdiepeveen) January 8, 2015
“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Voltaire #JeSuisAhmed
— Adalia Conti (@AJ_Conti) January 8, 2015
I’m praying for all of my hijabi and niqabi sisters in France who will face the brunt of the Islamophobic attacks. I love you. #JeSuisAhmed
— Kayla Wheeler (@krw18) January 8, 2015
— Jael [Charlie] (@Jaelfromfrance) January 8, 2015