- Title: Imams European tour against terrorism reaches Brussels
- Date: 10th July 2017
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (JULY 10, 2017) (REUTERS) BRUSSELS' FORMER STOCK EXCHANGE 'BEURS/BOURSE', SITE WHERE VIGIL WAS HELD IN AFTERMATH OF BRUSSELS ATTACK ON MARCH 22, 2017 MUSLIM CLERICS AND OTHER PARTICIPANTS ARRIVING FOR PRAYER AND COMMEMORATION, AS PART OF EUROPEAN TOUR IN PROTEST AGAINST TERROR MUSLIM CLERICS AND OTHER PARTICIPANTS STANDING ON STOCK EXCHANGE STAIRS VARIOUS OF TOUR ORGANISER AND FRENCH IMAM, HASSEN CHALGHOUMI, PUTTING ON SCARF, READING (French/Arabic/English/Dutch): "MUSLIMS MARCH AGAINST TERRORISM" BELGIAN INTERIOR MINISTER, JAN JAMBON, SPEAKING WITH PARTICIPANTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOUR CO-ORGANISER AND FRENCH-JEWISH WRITER, MAREK HALTER, SAYING: "I spoke with my friend, the (French) Imam (Hassen) Chalghoumi and he said that he's ready to mobilise imams from all around Europe to make this walk, the march from one city to the other and to say to the public opinion: 'we are against (Islamist attacks).' I thought that it was my duty to be with them, to support them." PARTICIPANTS HOLDING BANNER, READING (Arabic/English/Dutch/French): "MUSLIMS MARCH AGAINST TERRORISM" CHALGHOUMI, HALTER, OTHER PARTICIPANTS HOLDING BANNER (SOUNDBITE) (French) BELGIAN INTERIOR MINISTER, JAN JAMBON, SAYING: "I think that our society needs this signal, which comes from within the Muslim world in Europe, and saying they distance themselves from all these terrorists who are using Islam to justify their terrorist actions. Here, all these Imams from the Muslim world distance themselves from these terrorist actions and I think it is an important signal." IMAMS AND PARTICIPANTS STARTING TO PRAY BELGIAN POLICEMAN ON GUARD NEAR PARTICIPANTS
- Embargoed: 24th July 2017 14:14
- Keywords: Muslims Imams anti-terrorism Jambon tour anti-racism Marek Halter
- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0016P4XR9J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Dozens of Muslim leaders arrived in Brussels on Monday (July 10) as part of an anti-terrorism tour of major European cities affected by recent Islamist attacks, aimed at remembering victims and condemning violence.
Led by the imam of a Paris suburb Drancy, Hassen Chalghoumi, Muslim clerics and other tour participants stood on the steps of Brussels' former stock exchange, where memorials were held for the March 22, 2016 attacks in which 32 people were killed in bomb blasts at the city's airport and a metro station.
Chalghoumi and French writer Marek Halter were behind the initiative of the current tour.
French Interior Minister Jan Jambon participated in the march, an event he called an "important signal".
The tour began in Paris on Saturday (July 8), continued onto Berlin on Sunday (July 9), and will move to Nice and back to Paris for July 14, the first anniversary of the Nice truck attack.
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