Salafist crackdown is needed
ISSUE DATE: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Bill Etheridge MEP, newly appointed Defence spokesman for UKIP, has called for an urgent crackdown on hard-line Salafist muslims in the wake of the news that the German intelligence service BfV had been infiltrated.
It follows the arrest of a 51 year old official who had made a “partial confession” to passing on “sensitive information” to Islamic extremists.
The BfV estimates there are about 40,000 Islamists in Germany, including 9,200 Salafists, a fundamentalist interpretation of Sunni Islam, Hans-Georg Maassen, who leads the agency, told Reuters in an interview earlier this month.
ISIS claimed two attacks on German soil in late July – on a train near Wuerzburg and on a music festival in Ansbach – in which asylum-seekers wounded 20 people in total. The country remains in a state of high alert.
French authorities have also identified approximately 120 mosques suspected of preaching radical Salafism, More than twenty have been closed down.
Mr Etheridge, who is also councillor for Sedgley, said
“This incident proves that we cannot sit around and hope that the same will not happen to us. We need to identify the hard line Islamists and ensure that our citizens are safe from attack. There is no place in our society for those who call for and incite hatred in prayer halls or in mosques.”
For further information please call Martin Day, Accredited Parliamentary Aide to Bill Etheridge MEP, on +32 22 84 74 53 or 07913 599697.