Rabat - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to join a Muslim community rally on Tuesday to condemn the Paris attacks and send a rebuke to the country's growing anti-Islamic movement.
Rabat – German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to join a Muslim community rally on Tuesday to condemn the Paris attacks and send a rebuke to the country’s growing anti-Islamic movement.
The rally, which is scheduled at 5 pm GMT, will also be joined by Germany’s President Joachim Gauck, who will address the event at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.
“Hatred, racism and extremism have no place in this country,” Merkel said in a speech. “We are a country based on democracy, tolerance and openness to the world.”
The rally is organized by the Central Council of Muslims in Germany under the banner “Let’s be there for each other. Terror: not in our name!”
Merkel has condemned the rising right wing populist “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident (PEGIDA), saying that “Islam is part of Germany.”
PEGIDA’s yesterday march in the city of Dresden drew around 25,000 marchers.
100,000 people across Germany took to the streets Monday night in counter-demonstrations, voicing support for a multicultural German society.
“Germany wants peaceful coexistence of Muslims and members of other religions,” Merkel said at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The Muslim Council and the Turkish Community of Berlin said: We Muslims in Germany condemn the despicable terror attacks in France in the strongest terms. We want to express our solidarity with the French victims.”
With their rally, they said, they “want to send a message for peace and tolerance, against hatred and violence and for a cosmopolitan Germany which respects and protects the freedom expression and religion,” the statement added.