German chancellor Angela Merkel joins Muslim rally in Berlin

 
German chancellor Angela Merkel joins Muslim rally in Berlin
Loading...
Loading...
Angela Merkel has joined a Muslim community rally in Berlin to promote tolerance, condemn the attacks in Paris and send a rebuke to Germany’s growing anti-Islamic movement, The Guardian reports.

“Hatred, racism and extremism have no place in this country,” she said in a speech earlier in the day. “We are a country based on democracy, tolerance and openness to the world.”

The vigil at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday evening has been organized by the Central Council of Muslims in Germany under the banner “Let’s be there for each other. Terror: not in our name!”

Imams recited Koranic verses, including a passage that condemns the taking of life. After speeches by Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders and a minute’s silence, President Joachim Gauck addressed the several thousands of invited guests.

“Germany has become more diverse through immigration – religiously, culturally and mentally,” Gauck, a former pastor and East German dissident, told the group of several hundred next to the Brandenburg Gate. “This diversity has made our country successful, interesting and likeable.”

Declaring in French “I am Jewish, I am Muslim”, Aiman Mazyek, head of the German Council of Muslims, added: “We stand together for a Germany that is open to the world, with a big heart, which honours freedom of opinion, of the press and of religion.” Christian and Jewish leaders also spoke.

Merkel, who is being joined at the event by most of her cabinet , has spoken out against the Pegida group and stressed on Monday that “Islam belongs to Germany”.

Pegida drew a record 25,000 marchers to its 12th weekly rally in Dresden on Monday, its flag-waving members holding a minute’s silence for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris last week.

Its latest protest was met by some 100,000 counter-demonstrators nationwide, who accused Pegida of exploiting the French attacks by Islamist gunmen, and who voiced support for a multicultural German society.

Merkel has thanked leaders of Germany’s 4 million-strong Muslim community for quickly and clearly condemning the violence committed in the name of their faith in last week’s bloody attacks in Paris.

“Germany wants peaceful coexistence of Muslims and members of other religions” and the vigil would send a strong message, she said at a joint press conference with the Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu.

Rallies organised by Pegida, launched in October, have been growing week on week and spawned copycat groups nationwide.

The protests have been fuelled by a sharp rise in refugees seeking political asylum in Germany, which has been scrambling to house the newcomers in converted schools, office blocks and container villages.

Comment below.

Loading...


    Donate to Speisa


The globalist psychopaths vs Speisa


Latest
Untitled-2-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered.jpg
The mayors of seven major French cities have written a protest letter to the government, where they demand action.

Untitled-2-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered.jpg
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven focused on the negative social trend in Sweden, with increasingly brutal crime and "integration problems," as he for once admitted that the country is in trouble.

Untitled-2-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered.jpg
In one month, police in the Swedish city of Malmö have received three reports of brutal gang rapes and torture. Now citizens are warned not to go alone at night.

View this article in PDF format Print article



DON'T MISS A POST - FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK!




Disclamer
Comments at Speisa are unmoderated. We do believe in free speech, but posts using foul language, as well as abusive, hateful, libelous and genocidal posts, will be deleted if seen. However, if a comment remains on the site, it in no way constitutes an endorsement by Speisa of the sentiments contained therein.
comments powered by Disqus