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‘Muslims part of society’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday reaffirmed commitment to her immigration policy and condemned the violent acts of the far-right against asylum seekers.

Muslims, Jews, Christians and atheists all belong to the German society, she said, adding that human dignity was paramount. The German leader was addressing a heated debate at the Bundestag (the lower house of parliament) in the aftermath of far-right protests in the eastern city of Chemnitz where a German man was stabbed to death and two migrants, from Iraq and Syria, were arrested.

Merkel’s decision in August 2015 to let more than a million refugees into the country, as well as her immigration policies and the national budget were in the spotlight. She assured the lawmakers that her government would take the concerns of the public seriously. “We are troubled by the serious crimes in which the alleged perpetrators were asylum-seekers,” Merkel said. However, she said, “it is unjustifiable to attack police officers. We will not allow whole groups in our society to be excluded.” “It is totally inexcusable and unreasonable to hunt down people or use violence and Nazi slogans or show hostility to people who just look different,” Merkel argued.

She condemned as “xenophobic” an earlier statement by head of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) Alexander Gauland that the domestic peace of Germany was at risk. (KUNA)

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