Turkish imams in Germany to protest French attacks

Turkish imams will stand guard in front of newspaper, magazine and publishing house buildings in Germany.

Turkish imams in Germany to protest French attacks

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) called on the imams in Germany show solidarity with France in response to terror attacks in Paris in an "active way."

The Turkish Islamic Union will post a symbolic guard outside Germany's media institutions in the aftermath of a deadly attack in Paris on a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.

The guards will be posted after Friday prayers.

Germany's Muslim community would also support the protest named, "respect for our religion, but support for freedom of press."

The event will take place in Germany on January 16.

Diyanet invites all Muslims and religious officials as well as politicans and journalists to support the solidarity protest in front of media organizations.

Attack on Hamburg newspaper 

Meanwhile, a building of German newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost was the target of an arson attack and two suspects were arrested, police said on Sunday.

Like many other German newspapers, Hamburger Morgenpost has printed cartoons of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo after the deadly attack on Wednesday in Paris.

A police spokeswoman said that an incendiary device was thrown at the newspaper building in the night and documents were burned inside. Two suspects were arrested near the crime scene because they behaved in an unusual manner, she added.

The newspaper said on its web page that there were no people inside the building when the attack happened. Whether the arson attack was connected to the Charlie Hebdo cartoons was still under investigation, the paper added.

Police said state security had taken over the investigations.

Last Mod: 12 Ocak 2015, 00:24
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