Charlie Hebdo cartoon featuring drowned Syrian boy causes outcry

A drawing in French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo suggesting Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy found dead on a Turkish beach last year, would have grown up to be a sex attacker caused outrage online on Thursday.

The cartoon depicts two male creatures running after terrified women with the caption: “What would have become of the young Alan if he had grown up? A groper in Germany.”

The cartoon was published a week after the anniversary of attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris which killed 12 people in January last year. The phrase “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”), was swiftly adopted by supporters online.

This time, many people on social media said the cartoon was offensive while others argued Charlie Hebdo was keeping to its usual provocative tone to stir debate on European attitudes to the migrant crisis.

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