Mus­lim lead­ers rally in Ber­lin against ter­ror­ism

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Around 30 Mus­lim lead­ers from across Europe gath­ered yes­ter­day for a rally against ter­ror in Ber­lin at the site of a deadly truck at­tack in De­cem­ber, claimed by the Is­lamic State group. The event, which at­tracted a few hun­dred par­tic­i­pants, was part of a “March of Mus­lims Against Ter­ror­ism” by imams who set off by bus from Paris on Satur­day. The gath­er­ing in the Ger­man cap­i­tal took place at the Bre­itschei­d­platz square, where a Tu­nisian who had failed in his at­tempt to seek asy­lum ploughed a hi­jacked lorry through crowds at a Christ­mas mar­ket, an at­tack that killed 12 peo­ple.

The Is­lamic lead­ers held a prayer for the vic­tims, joined by lo­cal Mus­lim, Christian and Jewish rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Imam Hocine Drouiche from the south­ern French city of Nimes was quoted by Ger­man me­dia as say­ing that the event was meant to send a “mes­sage of fra­ter­nity against ter­ror­ism”. The Lutheran bishop for the Ber­lin re­gion, Markus Droege, praised the imams’ tour. “Re­li­gion is the way of peace,” he said. “Vi­o­lence, ha­tred and ter­ror be­tray faith and be­tray God.” A to­tal of about 60 imams are meant to join the tour of Euro­pean cities, tak­ing in Brus­sels, Toulouse and Nice-which have all suf­fered deadly as­saults by Is­lamic ex­trem­ist as­sailants-be­fore re­turn­ing to Paris on Fri­day.

— AFP

BER­LIN: Par­tic­i­pants of the ‘March of Mus­lims Against Ter­ror­ism’ ar­rive at the Bre­itschei­d­platz in Ber­lin yes­ter­day.

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