A number of thousand folks got here collectively within the western German city of Hanau on Sunday to commemorate the victims of the lethal racist assault 4 days earlier.
“It can be crucial for us to fly the flag – in opposition to terrorism, xenophobia and anti-Muslim racism,” co-organizer Teyfik Özcan stated. “Our message is: We’re Germany. We belong collectively.”
An initiative made up of associations from Hanau had referred to as for the commemoration of the victims Sunday at a rally and a march from the crime scene in Kurt Schumacher Platz to the city’s market sq..
In accordance with preliminary police estimates, round 6,000 took half within the march.
Some held up indicators saying: “Love for everybody. Hate for nobody.”
Turkish flags and images of these killed had been additionally on show.
A rally was scheduled to happen later within the afternoon the place the Turkish Ambassador Ali Kemal Aydin, Hanau Mayor Claus Kaminsky and representatives of various religions had been to talk.
A 43-year-old German is believed to have shot lifeless 9 folks with international roots on Wednesday night.
The shooter can also be thought to have killed his 72-year-old mom earlier than turning his gun on himself.
It has since been revealed that the suspected perpetrator had a deeply racist mindset.
The organizers had anticipated round 3,000 individuals for Sunday’s occasion. On Saturday, round 6,000 folks remembered the victims in a procession by means of the city in a separate occasion.
Inexperienced Bundestag member Cem Ozdemir, along with representatives of the Kurdish neighborhood in German, laid a wreath in Hanau on Saturday.
Mayor Kaminsky referred to as for prudence in coping with on-line sources in regards to the assault in Hanau.
The origins of the hypothesis ought to be critically questioned, he stated in a message printed on Sunday. Kaminsky warned, amongst different issues, of conspiracy theories unfold in on-line video messages.