‘Not in my name’: Mus­lims hold peace ral­lies in Italy

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ROME: Hun­dreds of Mus­lims ral­lied in Rome and Milan yes­ter­day to show sol­i­dar­ity with the vic­tims of ji­hadist at­tacks, con­demn­ing violence in the name of re­li­gion and chant­ing “we are not the enemy”. “The mes­sage is clear, ter­ror­ism can­not con­tinue to at­tack every­where in the name of Mus­lims. We want the whole world to lis­ten,” Ab­del­lah Re­douane, head of the Is­lamic Cul­tural Cen­tre in Rome, said at the demonstration in the cap­i­tal.

“The Ko­ran is against violence”, “Is­lam is peace” and “Sol­i­dar­ity with Paris vic­tims” read ban­ners held up by mem­bers of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity, who gath­ered in the rain in a square in cen­tral Rome un­der a heavy po­lice guard. The rally, un­der the slo­gan “Not in my name”, be­gan with a minute’s si­lence for the vic­tims of the at­tacks on Parisian nightspots last week which left 130 peo­ple dead.

In Milan, where se­cu­rity has been ramped up fol­low­ing fears of an at­tack on land­marks like the fa­mous Scala opera house, peo­ple chanted “No to Isis”, re­fer­ring to the Is­lamic State group which claimed the France at­tacks. “No to ter­ror­ism, yes to mosques,” said Da­vide Pic­cardo from Caim, an um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic so­ci­eties, call­ing for a greater un­der­stand­ing and open­ness in Italy to­wards mod­er­ate Is­lam and “a crack­down on wor­ry­ing Is­lam­o­pho­bia”. — AFP

MILAN: This combo of file pho­tos shows jour­nal­ists Emil­iano Fit­ti­paldi, left, dur­ing a presser in Rome, on Nov 17, 2015 and Gian­luigi Nuzzi dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of his new book ‘’Via Cru­cis’’(“Mer­chants in the Tem­ple”, in the English lan­guage edi­tion) in Milan on Nov 16, 2015. — AP

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