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Charlie Hebdo Portrays Harvey Victims As Drowning Neo-Nazis

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent

French magazine Charlie Hebdo depicted Texan victims of Hurricane Harvey as neo-Nazis on the cover of its latest edition.

The magazine attempts to make fun of the devastation that has killed dozens of people and left thousands without homes in Texas and Louisiana. The cover appears to show people making a Nazi salute as they drown in rising water next to a set of Nazi flags. When translated, the caption of the cartoon reads, “God Exists! He Drowned All The Neo-Nazis Of Texas.”

Charlie Hebdo does not elaborate on the meaning behind the cover in its description of the issue released Wednesday.

The magazine rose to global fame in 2015 when 12 people, mostly staff members, were killed in a terror attack at its Paris headquarters. The attack was likely motivated by the magazine’s many depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. The gunmen, Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, had ties to al-Qaida and were killed in a shootout with police two days after the attack.

Charlie Hebdo describes itself as “a punch in the face” against people who “try to stop us [from] thinking.”

“Charlie Hebdo is an angry magazine, a paper that takes the piss,” the magazine’s website reads. “Charlie Hebdo has no need of God, nor any need of Wall Street.”

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