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Today Germany saw a record number of people gather together in Dresden. They sang Christmas Carols and smiled together. 17,000 Germans sang Christmas Carols whilst calling for the eradication of Islam and Muslims. This was the latest and largest in a string of Islamophobic, racist and fascist marches by the right wing in Europe. As a Muslim growing up in the west I am more scared now than ever before. My ancestral homelands are ravaged by war and terror. And my home in the west now also feels unsafe. Islamophobia isn’t something small and uncommon anymore. It’s become accepted as something not only common but as something good. I fear for the future. If people can sing carols while calling for the death of a billion people then how can I feel safe. I’m scared for the next generation, my younger siblings and their kids. As a student of history it’s frighteningly easy to draw parallels with period before the Holocaust. We all swore never again and yet now my people are the new targets. Please share and reblog this so people can see that Muslims do renounce terror. We do not hate anyone. We are afraid of what the terrorists do. We are more afraid of what others will do to us because of them. Please share this. Help us see there is nothing to fear.

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Protests against Pegida and for a “colourful Dresden”

After two weeks without protest of Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident) they are marching again today in cities like Dresden and Munich. But fortunately there are people standing up against Pegida and the like! Two weeks ago, while I was walking through Dresden, I got caught up in one of their protests. And needless to say I was relieved to see that there are people not being susceptible to fearmongering. Here are some of the pictures I took that evening. 

The signs say:

(1) Refugees welcome. Bring your families. (I)(2) Prejudice against foreigners is so 20th century.
(3) Refugees welcome. Bring your families. (II)
(4) Those who reject refugees do not need to celebrate Christmas.
(5) Don’t lose your temper with the weakest.