SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – The day after several anti-Islam rallies in German cities, 50 prominent Germans called on Tuesday (6 Jan.) for an end to rising xenophobia. Monday’s rallies, organised by PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West).
German newspaper Bild, published a ‘No to PEGIDA’ appeal on Tuesday, covering the front page and a double page spread on page 2 and 3 with quotes from the 50 politicians and celebrities.
“(They) are saying ‘no’ to xenophobia and ‘yes’ to diversity and tolerance,” Bild’s deputy editor, Bela Anda, wrote in a commentary. “We should not hand over our streets to hollow rallying cries.”