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Asselborn calls for more Muslim activism
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Asselborn calls for more Muslim activism

13.01.2015 From our online archive
In the light of terrorist attacks in the name of Islam in France, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn has said he would like to see more Muslims denounce the violence.
23.12.13 Point de presse de Jean Asselborn sur action du Luxembourg au Conseil de securite des Nations Unies a mi-mandat, photo Marc Wilwert

(CS/ml) In the light of terrorist attacks in the name of Islam in France, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn has said he would like to see more Muslims denounce the violence.

Speaking as part of a panel on German televised political talkshow “Saartalk” Asselborn said that it would be important for the Muslim community to organise a protest condemning the attacks and denouncing violence in the name of their religion.

Asselborn said that more activism was needed, adding that ramping up security measures will have little effect if leaders of Islam do not take a strong stance against fundamentalism.

Such public displays of solidarity and against terrorism could also help keep at bay anti-Muslim sentiment, expressed for example in Germany's PEGIDA movement. Rallies of the so-called “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident” have drawn thousands across Germany, with equally powerful protests staged against the controversial movement.

Asselborn said that PEGIDA is treading a fine line to racism and xenophobia, saying that it deliberately stirs up fear, without delivering real answers to the problems it raises.

At a march through Paris that drew millions of demonstrators on Sunday, members of the Muslim community were spotted holding signs in solidarity with the victims of the twin attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper, as well as a Kosher market.

In Luxembourg, too, Muslims joined vigils and protests condemning the violence in the name of Islam.