A march against terrorism named “Not With Us” is set to take place in Cologne on Saturday, June 17. The march will start at 13:00 (local time) at Heumarkt Place. According to the organizers, the event could involve some 10,000 participants. Increased security measures and localized traffic disruptions are likely along the march route.
This march is being organized by German Muslim peace activists and public figures. However, several major Muslim organizations have expressed their refusal to participate out of fears the event could further exacerbate the stigmatization of Muslims in Germany. In Cologne especially, tensions between different communities have increased since the wave of sexual assaults that occurred over New Years 2015-2016.
Individuals in Cologne are advised to avoid demonstrations as a precaution and allow for additional travel time.