Central Council of Muslim calls for protection of mosques in Germany

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After the attack in New Zealand Christchurch urge Muslims in Germany more protection for their mosques. So far, they are more or less unprotected, said the chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman ​​Mazyek, on Tuesday in Berlin. Since 2017, there have been around 1,000 attacks on mosques in Germany, about 20 this year, according to Mazyek. Especially the mosques in East Germany are endangered.

“I think New Zealand is a wake-up call. But it is not clear now that the situation is acute, “said Mazyek. “Many parents tell me that they are afraid to bring their children to the mosques.”

In concrete terms, Mazyek called for a stronger presence of security authorities in front of mosques, and called for greater contact between the authorities and communities about possible threats.

Of the 300 or so communities in his association, Mazyek was among those who needed more protection. They were at least once or several times attack target. He gave no specific information on the type of protection. That depends on the local situation, he said. In Germany, Jewish institutions in particular are protected by police officers.

Mazyek welcomed that Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer recognized the fact of an increased security risk in connection with mosques and announced security policy consequences.

Mazyek said he expects that there will be talks with the countries now. Seehofer had told the media, “Even religious institutions can be target of terrorists. If there are indications of danger, the protection will be strengthened. ”

Mazyek said he was talking with the Central Council of Jews about possible security measures. He pleaded for the subject to be included as a separate item for the next German Islam Conference.

Mazyek had visited the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin. There he enlisted together with the Vice President of the Bundestag Claudia Roth (The Greens) and Vice President Oppermann  in the book of condolence.

In the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand 50 people were killed by shots and at least 50 others were injured on Friday. Under suspicion is a far-right Australian terrorist.