German Central Council of Muslims to hold peace rally after Vienna attack
After Vienna’s terror attack, Germany’s Central Council of Muslims announced that it will hold a peace rally in front of the Austrian Embassy in Berlin this Friday.
The move came by the top Islamic body in Germany, as Islamist motives attacks shook France and Austrian in recent weeks.
An inter-religious group prayer session is planned. Attendees will also be able to lay flowers and light candles to commemorate loved ones.
The chairman of the Central Council, Aiman Mazyek, is set to give a short speech.
The Protestant Bishop for Berlin, Christian Stäblein, and the Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Berlin, Heiner Koch are set to attend alongside Chairman of the General Rabbinical Conference Germany, Rabbi Andreas Nachama.
Austrian ambassador Peter Huber will also be at the event that will take place under the current coronavirus regulations.
The latest series of terror attacks
On Monday, an Austrian-born man shot and killed four people in a popular nightlife area of central Vienna. At least 22 others were injured in the attack. The attacker was a known Islamic extremist who had spent time in prison, according to authorities.
Last week, an armed man carried out an attack at Notre Dame Basilica in the city of Nice in France, killing three people.
In mid-October, French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded near his school in Paris by an 18-year-old man for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class.