Over 1 million people take part in rally protesting cartoons of Prophet Muhammad held in Grozny - Chechen Interior Ministry

Over 1 million people have taken part in a rally protesting the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, General Ruslan Alkhanov, Russian interior affairs minister for the Chechen Republic, told Interfax on Monday.

Chechen Muslims gather in downtown regional capital of Grozny to take part in a protest rally on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Protesters have gathered in the Russian region of Chechnya to rally against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 12 people were killed by gunmen this month. Chechen central Mosque is at background. Source: AP

Over 1 million people have taken part in a rally protesting the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, General Ruslan Alkhanov, Russian interior affairs minister for the Chechen Republic, told Interfax on Monday.

All central squares and avenues were full of people and people marched into the center of the city after the rally began. Among the protesters were people from the neighboring regions, from Moscow and from abroad.

Among the people who spoke at the rally were Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, Ravil Gainutdin, chairman of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Russia, Bishop of Makhachkala and Grozny Varlaam, and officials

Among the people who spoke at the rally was Sheikh Ali Jifri, a descendant of Prophet Muhammad. He condemned the cartoonists' actions and reiterated that they were caused by their ignorance and lack of knowledge of the foundations of Islam.

Bishop Varlaam also strongly criticized the cartoonists, reiterating that "the entire Russian Orthodox Church categorically denies these cartoons." We strongly condemn the evil that they are trying to spread between our religious. It's never going to happen," he said.

The republic's Interior Ministry told Interfax no incidents were registered at the rally.

The press center for the Russian Interior Ministry earlier told Interfax the rally had over 800,000 participants.

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