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The News Minute | January 14, 2015 | 2:00 pm IST

The streets of various cities across France saw around 3.7 million people take to the streets to rally in favour of free speech in wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks that occurred on Wednesday.

More than 40 world leaders also joined the start of the Paris march, linking arms in an act of solidarity. 

However, Reporters Without Borders pointed out that they were "appalled by the presence of leaders from countries where journalists and bloggers are systematically persecuted such as Egypt, Russia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates with their policies at home far from compatible with the solidarity for free speech on display throughout France."

They added that "It would be unacceptable if representatives of countries that silence journalists were to take advantage of the current outpouring of emotion to try to improve their international image and then continue their repressive policies when they return home"

Daniel Wickham, a student at the London School for Economics Middle East Society in a series of 21 tweets, further supported the RWB statement and pointed out why the leaders weren't exactly the ideal people to be leading the march. 

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