Germany: Women attacked at anti-Islamophobia event

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By Mesut Zeyrek

 

COLOGNE, Germany (AA): An event meant to raise awareness of Islamophobia in Germany on Saturday was the scene of a violent attack, according to the head of the event organizer.

At the Support Diversity event in the southern city of Ulm, organized by the Turkish-Muslim association IGMG, a man shouted “I will kill you” in English and tried to attack women taking part in the event with a knife.

The attack was blocked at the last second, and apparently no one was hurt.

Bekir Altas, head of the IGMG, condemned the attack coming at a peaceful event organized to draw attention to racism and Islamophobia.

At a stand set up at the event, the man “first verbally attacked our girls there, and then attacked our staff with a knife,” he told Anadolu Agency.

Altas added that the attacker had been taken into custody and that police are investigating the incident.

Women branch of IGMG has been organizing street activity every year to draw attention to discrimination Muslim women face at workplaces. The activity took place in 25 cities in Germany and The Netherlands this year. The motto of this year’s event was “support diversity.”

Germany, a country of over 81 million people, has the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. Among the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims, 3 million are of Turkish origin.

[Map of Germany by Directorate of Intelligence CIA/Public Domain]

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