Near a memorial site at Place de la Republique a man blindfolded himself and placed two signs before him that read “I’m a Muslim, but I’m told that I’m a terrorist” and “I trust you, do you trust me? If yes, hug me”.
And people responded the way they should. Hundreds of them.
Said the man:
“I would like to thank every one of you for giving me a hug. I did this to send a message to everyone. I am a Muslim, but that doesn’t make me a terrorist. I never killed anybody. I can even tell you that last Friday was my birthday, but I didn’t go out. I deeply feel for all of the victims’ families. I want to tell you that ‘Muslim’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘terrorist’. A terrorist is a terrorist, someone willing to kill another human being over nothing. A Muslim would never do that. Our religion forbids it.”