About 150 people demonstrated in Neukölln against French politics and caricatures of Mohammed – just hours after the alleged Islamist-motivated knife attack in Nice.
About 150 people demonstrated in Berlin against France’s alleged anti-Islamic policies. The demonstration on Thursday afternoon was recorded by an individual at short notice, various Berlin media report. A video of the demonstration shows protesters shouting “Allahu Akbar” (German: “God is great”).
At Hermannplatz in Neukölln in Berlin, several dozen demonstrated tonight against Emmanuel Macron and showing caricatures of Mohamed, including “Allahu Akbar” shouting. Registered by a person, according to a local police officer pic.twitter.com/eXRCW4ttfJ
– Felix Huesmann (@felixhuesmann) October 29, 2020
According to the police, there were no major incidents during the demonstration. The Tagesspiegel reports that researchers could have identified members of the Islamic scene among the protesters. The police news agency had no information about this.
Alleged Islamic attack in France on the same day
It wasn’t until Thursday morning that a terrorist attack took place in Nice in which three people were murdered by a suspected Islamist. The murderer reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” while in a church. In addition, the guard of a French consulate in Saudi Arabia was attacked with a knife. The background to this fact has not yet been clarified.
Relations between France and many Arab states are currently very tense. About two weeks ago, a teacher in a Paris suburb was beheaded by an Islamist. The history teacher had shown caricatures of Mohammed in his class. French President Emmanuel Macron then said that Islam was “in crisis worldwide” and that cartoons of Mohammed were part of the freedom of expression.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan then proposed psychological treatment to him, and Arab states called for a boycott of French products. The satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, itself a target of Islamic attacks, published a cartoon about Erdoğanthat caused anger in Islamic states.