Anti-racist protests and vigils are taking place in Germany and elsewhere against hate mongering by far-right groups and on government inaction specially after nine people, mostly Muslims were killed late on Wednesday 19 February by Tobias Rathjen, 43, a white supremacist at two cafes in the town of Hanau in Germany.
A 35-year-old pregnant woman is also thought to be among the dead. At least six other people have been injured.
People attending the vigil for the victims of the terrorist attack in Hanau on Thursday evening came with signs denouncing racisms and xenophobia and blaming social media outlets for their inaction against hate speech and racist comments.
The alleged killer and his mother were found dead possibly as a result of murder and suicide in his apartment early on Thursday after police located his residence through registration details of his vehicle.
Police have said there are indications of a far-right motive since the Suspect had a manifesto that contained deeply racist material and conspiracy theories citing Donald Trump and other far-right politicians.
“On the suspected perpetrator’s home page, he had put up video messages and a kind of manifesto that, in addition to obscure thoughts and absurd conspiracy theories, pointed to deeply racist views,” the police said.One of the protesters in Hanau talked with Aljazeera.
“The problem is exactly this guy Seehofer, these cowards or other politicians have to answer for it because they don’t do their politics properly… the AfD is growing day by day,” Akif said referring to the German opposition, far right party AfD who is anti Islam and against migrants.
He also laid blame at the feet of German media, which he says are complicit in stoking violence against Muslims in the country by painting them as extremists.
“They always say Islam is equal to terrorism – and we have so many ignorant people, sick people out there and they believe in bloodshed,” said Akif.
“Attacking Muslims; whether an Afghan, Turk or a Kurd, it doesn’t matter at all. It was a planned attack by people who are sick and who have been blinded by the media.”