Against terrorism: Muslims gather for 'peace march' in Germany

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Organizers of a march of Muslims against terrorism in Cologne, Germany, were hoping to see as many as 10,000 show up Saturday to prove that the "religion of peace" did not condone terrorism.

"We welcome public action, but reject the way in which this march has been organized", Ditib concluded.

"Our faith is being abused, defiled, insulted and distorted into something unrecognizable by this. Let us put a powerful sign against violence and terror", they added.

While many protesters attended the event, organisers had expected a much larger number of participants to attend. The Turkish-Islamic Union said the march would send a wrong signal by suggesting worldwide extremism is mainly a Muslim problem.

The march, the TIU said, was being held for long hours in the summer and would be hard to attend for Muslims observing their fasts during Ramazan.

Germany has been on high terror alert after a string of Islamist-linked attacks previous year, the latest being the truck-ramming of a Berlin Christmas market when Islamic State terrorist group (Daesh, banned in Russia) member Anis Amri drove a stolen truck into a crowd, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others.

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