Approximately 60 imams will travel by bus to other cities in Europe hit by major terror attacks over the past few years. The tour stopped in Berlin on Sunday, July 9, and several hundred people participated in the demonstration held at the site of the 2016 Christmas market attack. Other cities on the tour include Brussels and Toulouse, before ending in Nice on July 14 to mark Bastille day.
The group of imams is expected to be met by political, religious, and civil society figures in communities touched by terrorism. The organizers reportedly want to spread the message that terrorist organizations, such as the Islamic State (IS), cannot take Islam "hostage."
Counter-demonstrations by right wing protesters are possible, although no information on any such demonstrations has been reported as of Sunday, July 9. Due to the possibility of counter protests, security is likely to be tight at all locations on the tour.
Germany experienced three IS-linked attacks in 2016, including the December 19 truck attack in Berlin that left 12 people dead.
Individuals are advised to monitor the situation and avoid all demonstrations.
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