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tension and backlash against Muslims in Europe
Massive Anti-Islam March Planned for
by Oliver Lane
Anti radical-Islam protesters have been accused of having “misused the
freedom of assembly” by gathering in Cologne over the weekend, and
authorities are calling for further meetings to be banned in
anticipation of plans to hold a further rally in Berlin.
An estimated 4,800 marched on Sunday in reaction to the recent sectarian
violence witnessed on the streets of Germany, as Iraqi migrants from the
Salafist Muslim and Kurdish communities clashed over grievances brought
with them from the near-east. Despite the violence of the earlier riots
by the Iraqi groups, the focus of the German government appears to be on
only banning marches by the anti-Salafist or ‘Salafismus’ groups, which
has angered some.
Rechtsanwalt Dubravko Mandic, German lawyer, chairman of the court of
Eurosceptic party Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany,
AfD), and member of Junge Alternative told Breitbart London: "The
phenomenon called “Salafismus” brings together otherwise sworn enemies
drawn from various soccer fan clubs. Native Germans march side by side
with immigrants in the presence of a serious enemy. Thus, our government
and the system parties seem to know only one enemy: the german sense of
“I am not surprised that it is the ‘hooligan’ and nationalist scene in
Germany which now opposes Salafists and feels the need to show strength,
when at the same moment the police and government have no answers to the
growing menace from radical muslims. We, the alternative youth, are not
against Islam, but we are convinced that dealing with the threats from
radical islam requires politicians with patriotic attitudes. The
government has no such politicians and that is why our party is the
future of the this country”.
When 1,000 Kurds protested outside a mosque in Hamburg linked to
pro-ISIS Salafist Muslims earlier this month a running battle lasting
three days culminated in a riot from which German police recovered a
firearm, meat cleavers, knives, brass knuckles, and even kebab skewers.
Rioters tore up street furniture and battled with police who deployed
water canon to keep the warring Salafist Muslims and Kurds apart.
Senior figures in the German law-enforcement community have reacted with
concern to the riots. Rainer Wendt, of the German Police Union said:
“there's a danger that the battle in Syria spreads out and comes here,
that radical groups join together against Salafists... we can't allow a
proxy war to take place in Germany”, reports theLocal.de.
The head of the Federal office for Constitutional Protection, the German
security service which monitors political extremists agreed that foreign
conflicts were spilling over onto the streets of Europe. He said: "the
conflict in Iraq and Syria is being reflected in Germany… There's cause
for concern that violent confrontations between different extremists
will escalate further on our streets". He said by meeting this way the
Hooligans had “misused the freedom of assembly”.
Despite the violence, which was described by a local police official as
resembling a “civil war”, there has been scant talk of banning Salafist
Muslim or Kurdish demonstrations in Germany, which have so often
recently descended into violence. This contrasts with the situation
around Germany’s right-wing “Hooligans against Salafism” group, which
within two days of their Sunday march authorities have discussed
Enthused by what they see as the success of their first march, the anti-Salafist
‘Hooligan’ group has claimed “Cologne was just the beginning” and have
vowed to continue in Berlin in November, registering a march against the
“Islamic State of Europe” with the police. A local interior minister
told German press that the authorities “must convince the courts to
forbid such demonstrations in future” and that the demonstration’s
political edge was little more than a pretence, as he insisted it was no
more than “a platform for violence”.