Turkish imams protest across Germany in solidarity with France
by Merve Aydoğan
ANKARAJan 11, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Merve Aydoğan
Jan 11, 2015 12:00 am
Following the attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the simultaneous hostage crises in France this past week, the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB) has announced that they will organize protests on Jan. 16 throughout Germany in support of France. On Jan. 7, 12 people were killed and 20 were wounded in a shooting at Charlie Hebdo's offices in Paris.
Among the 12 people killed were the editor-in-chief and cartoonists Stephane Charbonnier, Jean "Cabu" Cabut, Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac, George Wolinski and Philippe Honore. Economist and journalist Bernard Maris, columnist Elsa Cayat, subeditor Mustapha Ourrad, former journalist Michel Renaud and maintenance worker Frederic Boisseau were also killed in the deadly attacks on Wednesday.
While eight employees of Charlie Hebdo were killed, two policemen Ahmed Merabet and Frank Brinsolaro were killed during an exchange of gunshots in the street outside the office while the attackers escaped. As a response to the deadly attacks and to Islamophobic comments, DİTİB published a press release on their website that read, "Despite differences of opinions, as Muslims we are responsible of every individuals' freedom and privilege … The protection of human lives is a fundamental law of Islam." The solidarity demonstrations will take place in front of various media organizations across Germany and DİTİB is expected to announce the exact locations and times on their website this week.