Muslim leaders begin European tour to protest against terror

Imams from countries including France, Belgium, Britain and Tunisia were joined by representatives of other religious communities at the spot where French policeman Xavier Jugele was shot dead in April.

By: Reuters | Paris | Published:July 8, 2017 9:08 pm
muslim leaders protest, paris muslim leaders protest, world imams protest, protest against terror French-Jewish writer Marek Halter and Imam Hassen Chalghoumi are seen between other religious leaders at the start of a European tour to the sites of recent Islamist attacks, to remember the victims and condemn violence, in Champs-Elysees, Paris, France July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Dozens of religious leaders boarded a bus on the Champs Elysees in Paris on Saturday to kick off a European tour of the sites of recent Islamist attacks to remember the victims and condemn violence. Imams from countries including France, Belgium, Britain and Tunisia were joined by representatives of other religious communities at the spot where French policeman Xavier Jugele was shot dead in April. Tour stops will include Berlin — where organisers say they hope to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel — Brussels and Nice, with a return to Paris for July 14, the first anniversary of the Nice truck attack.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Nice attack when a truck killed 86 people celebrating Bastille Day on the seafront and a truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin last December that killed 12. The Imam of Drancy and French writer Marek Halter were behind the initiative of the current tour.

“We are here to say that our religion and the values of Islam are opposed to those assassins,” Hassen Chalghoumi, the imam de Drancy, told France Inter radio on Saturday. Some 30 people boarded the bus on Saturday with more expected to join on the way bringing the total number of participants to 60.

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    Jul 9, 2017 at 6:49 pm
    If TERRORISM is wrong occupation by foreign powers in MUSLIMS lands is the root of all WRONGS ....................... was there TERRORISM by Muslims BEFORE ceartion of Israel????, before Iran Iraq wars??? Ocuupation of Iraq , Afghanistan, Linya, Syria??? who is the world powers kidding you destroy NATION that is LEGAL and retaliation be those whose whole families are DEAD is illegal??? the fault lie in Muslim leadership ............ when Syria is accused of killing Children with GAS the whole world seems to be SHOCKED, two days before NATO Bombede school and killed 42 children whose BODY PARTS were scattrered all over DOES NOT shock the world??? brothers in ISLAM, do not feel Guilty, Jews and Western s will SCARIFICE their sons for DEMOCRAY and HUMAN RIGHTS in ME and will KEEP complete siolent on Rohingya genocide and Ughir matters .................
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