Woman wearing Charlie Hebdo t-shirt stabbed in London (VIDEO)
16:45, 26 July 2021
A woman who was wearing a T-shirt that indicated support for the French Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine was attacked with a knife near Hyde Park in the center of London.
“This was clearly a very distressing incident for the woman involved and officers have spent time with her, whilst she was being treated for her injury, to get an account of what happened,” Alex Bingley, the detective from the Central West Command Unit, said in a statement.
Woman wearing a Charlie Hebdo T-shirt has been stabbed at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park
The police have found the knife which was used in the attack but the search for the criminal himself is still ongoing as police demanded from everyone who was present at the scene to contact them and provide additional information about the incident.
“We know that this assault was witnessed by a number of people, many of whom captured it on their phones. I would ask them, if they have not already done so, to contact police.”
According to posts on social media, the victim of the attack is the Cristian preacher Hatun Tash, a critic of Islam, which leads many to believe that the attacker was from a Muslim background.
Christian preacher Hatun Tash has been stabbed in Speaker's Corner. She is a prominent critic of Islam. We must defend freedom of speech and expression in the UK, and not cede the public square to those who wish to censor us intimidate us. pic.twitter.com/Z8aMo1UnP6
The police however asked people not to speculate on the motive and the ethical background of the attacker before full details become known.
“We remain in the early stages of our investigation and are working hard to trace the person responsible. I would ask people not to speculate on the motive for the attack until we have established the full facts.”
Charlie Hebdo is a satirical weekly news magazine that was targeted in a terroristic attack carried out by two French Muslim brothers on the 7 of January 2015, after the media outlet published cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.