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After the knife attack in Würzburg: Left Party politician warns of anti-Muslim racism

Berlin - The Left Party warned against anti-Muslim racism three days after the Würzburg knife attack by a Somali asylum seeker. “Muslims in Germany experience racist violence, hatred and discrimination on the basis of their religion or their origin every day. Muslims experience discrimination in schools, at universities, in the housing and labor market or in government offices,” said the religious policy spokeswoman for the left-wing parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Christine Buchholz, on the day against anti-Muslim racism on July 1st.

On this date , this year marks the twelfth time of the murder of the Muslim pharmacist Marwa El-Sherbini.

She demanded that the Bundestag should counter the general suspicion against Muslims, and at the same time attacked the AfD. "Instead of giving in to the AfD's agitation and the prejudices widespread in the middle of society, the federal and state governments must take steps towards recognition."

AfD made racism socially acceptable
The spokeswoman for the left-wing parliamentary group in the Thuringian state parliament for anti-racism, Katharina König-Preuss, also blamed the AfD for promoting the opinion of Islam. "With the entry of the radical right-wing AfD into all German parliaments, whose central substantive foundation is the devaluation and exclusion of Muslims, this form of racism was made even more socially acceptable." She advocated "standing by the side of those affected and advocating a free society".

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) had campaigned for increased integration measures after the knife attack in Würzburg, which was probably motivated by Islamism and in which an asylum seeker killed three women. He expressed the suspicion that the authorities had previously paid too little attention to the later perpetrator.

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