- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Bernard Holtrop says surviving employees of the Paris-based magazine “vomit” on those who suddenly support them in the wake of last week’s terror attack that wiped out a third of its staff.

“We vomit on all these people who suddenly say they are our friends,” he told the Dutch daily de Volkskrant in an interview published Saturday, the Agence France-Presse reported.

“We have a lot of new friends, like the pope, Queen Elizabeth and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. It really makes me laugh,” said Mr. Holtrop, whose pen name is Willem.

Willem was on a train between northwestern Lorient and Paris when he learned of Wednesday’s attack on Charlie Hebdo by two Islamist gunmen, AFP reported.

He scoffed at the outpouring of global support since the attack, saying, “They’ve never seen Charlie Hebdo.”

“A few years ago, thousands of people took to the streets in Pakistan to demonstrate against Charlie Hebdo,” he told de Volkskrant. “They didn’t know what it was. Now it’s the opposite, but if people are protesting to defend Freedom of Speech, naturally that’s a good thing.”

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