Long queues in UK for ‘Charlie Hebdo’ survivors’ edition

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London | Published: January 16, 2015 8:32:06 PM

Charlie Hebdo, Charlie Hebdo cartoon, Charlie Hebdo survivor edition, Charlie Hebdo Prophet cartoon, Charlie Hebdo news, Prophet cartoon, Prophet cartoon Charlie Hebdo, Prophet cartoon newsShop workers prepare to sell copies of Charlie Hebdo as it goes on sale in London January 16, 2015. The French satirical newspaper’s first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen, featuring a cartoon of a tearful Prophet Mohammad holding a “Je suis Charlie” sign under the words “All is forgiven” as its cover, has been praised as art by defenders but is seen by critics as a new provocation. REUTERS

Hundreds of people queued up for hours across Britain to get their hands on the survivors’ edition of the French satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ as it hit the stands in the country today.

More than 2,000 copies are believed to have been made available in the UK, a sizable increase from the 30 or so copies usually sold each week.

Demand has been high for the issue in the wake of the deadly attack on the magazine’s office in Paris on January 7 that killed 12 people.

Five million copies of the magazine – which usually has a print run of around 60,000 — were published in a special edition commemorating the Paris massacre.

Charlie Hebdo, Charlie Hebdo cartoon, Charlie Hebdo survivor edition, Charlie Hebdo Prophet cartoon, Charlie Hebdo news, Prophet cartoon, Prophet cartoon Charlie Hebdo, Prophet cartoon newsPeople purchase copies of Charlie Hebdo as it goes on sale in London January 16, 2015. The French satirical newspaper’s first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen, featuring a cartoon of a tearful Prophet Mohammad holding a “Je suis Charlie” sign under the words “All is forgiven” as its cover, has been praised as art by defenders but is seen by critics as a new provocation. REUTERS

Newsagents in the London area of South Kensington, home to a sizable French community, faced the most extensive queues and sold out soon after the shops opened.

Interest in the magazine had prompted more than 50 British Muslim leaders to appeal for calm from Muslims in response to the front-cover cartoon earlier this week.

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