More than 1,000 Muslims in Germany held a peace march against terrorism in the city of Cologne on Saturday.
According to the DPA news agency, people were holding placards such as “Together against terror” and “Hatred makes the earth hell”.
The event, called “Not With Us”, gathered more than 1,000 protesters. They held banners that said: “Love for all, hatred for none,” and “A Muslim protects lives and does not take them”.
This is while the country’s largest Islamic association did not take part in the march, arguing it would send the wrong message by suggesting that international terrorism is mainly a Muslim problem.
The German government, however, has welcomed the march. The event also received widespread support from activists, politicians and members of the public, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel adding her voice in support of the action in a statement shared on Twitter by government spokesperson Steffen Seibert
The protest comes in the aftermath of a number of terrorist attacks in the UK, Iran and other countries.
“The attacks by people who justify their acts by invoking Islam, without justification, are becoming more frequent,” event organizers wrote ahead of the rally.
They added: “Our faith is being abused, defiled, insulted and distorted into something unrecognizable by this. Let us put a powerful sign against violence and terror.”