World debates whether they should be worthy of sympathy
Ten staff, including four cartoonists of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hedbo were brutally gunned down by a pair of religious fanatics who were inclined towards Islam. Another policeman who was protecting the building was also murdered. This policeman happened to be Muslim.
“No one is saying that the terrorists are justified in killing those guys. But they were so obviously racist and discriminatory against a marginalised community. Just because they are dead, doesn’t mean we should all run around with #jesuischarlie on our Twitter” said Jiang Dao Li, a lawyer.
Soon after the Charlie Hedbo gunning, there was another shooting at a market by gunmen who were from the same Al Qaeda cell group.
“There are so many terrorist attacks. Last time there was also a shooting in Norway that killed 77 people. Why didn’t everyone run around with #iamnorway in their Twitter? You see, this reflects the insane social media world we live in when everyone just jumps on the bandwagon without thinking” said Bu Te Bie, a social media observer who publishes his views on Facebook.
At the moment, there is intense debate on whether #jesuischarlie or #jesuisahmed, named after the dead policeman, should be the reigning Twitter hashtag of the incident. Tags such as #downwithterrorism or #terrorismisnotislam were not trending.
“That whole debate about being against terrorism and conflating terrorism with Islam is so…last decade. I’m just looking for new stuff to post, that’s all. Otherwise how can I get more likes?” said university student Wo Bu Guan, as he pixellated a cartoon published by Charlie Hedbo to show his disapproval against the mainstream majority.