Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Germany: Attack on ex-Muslim in broad daylight

Even in non-Muslim countries threats and violence against ex-Muslims are unfortunately not uncommon. A recent case from northern Germany bears witness to this.
The ex-Muslim and secular activist Amed Sherwan just left a house entrance when he was hit on the head and feet from behind and was beaten and kicked lying on the floor. This incident took place in broad daylight in the presence of numerous people in downtown Flensburg.
After the police and ambulance were alerted quickly, the worst could be averted. This was preceded by an argument between the perpetrator and Sherwan 2 days earlier at a street festival in the idyllic port city.The perpetrator had obviously recognized Sherwan and at first only verbally attacked him.
When Sherwan pulled his mobile phone out of his pocket shortly afterwards to take pictures at the party, the perpetrator again insulted Sherwan and accused him of having taken a picture of his wife. The woman spat at Sherwan and the man threatened Sherwan. 2 days later he then carried out the threat.
Sherwan has been imprisoned and tortured in Iraq as an ex-Muslim and since his escape to Germany he's also been active here as a blogger and activist against religious fanaticism, taking provocative measures in the process. In 2018 he demonstrated for oriental diversity with a T-shirt with the inscription "Allah is Gay" at the CSD in Berlin.
At a Palestinian demonstration in Flensburg this year, he had promoted a peaceful solution with a picture of a kissing Jew and Palestinian with the inscription "Make Love not War"."I want to wake people up and make them think," explains Sherwan. .. "Unfortunately, threats and acts of violence against ex-Muslims aren't uncommon", explains Dittmar Steiner of the Atheist Refugee Relief, that supports the interests of people all over Germany who've been forced to flee because of their apostasy."

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