German football players greet immigrants
“Werder” supports the refugees
German football fans demonstrated that the refugees from Syria are welcome in their country.
Over the last few days German fans have been displaying banners in support of the refugees. German fans expressed their solidarity with thousands of Syrian refugees which had to leave their home country seized by the war. The fans invited refugees to attend matches of German and European clubs in Germany.
Fans of the football club “Borussia” from Dortmund organized a performance called “Welcome to Dortmund”. They intended to demonstrate that they were ready to welcome the immigrants and help them to settle down in the North Rhine-Westphalia city. 220 refugees were invited to attend the match of “Borussia” with the Norwegian club “Odds” which took place within the European League tournament.
“Borussia” fans express their solidarity with immigrants
Over the weekend, fans of other football clubs have displayed banners proclaiming “Refugees, welcome!” This was highly unexpected as football fans are considered to be one of the most committed supporters of xenophobia.
Thousands of people from Dresden went out to demonstrate their disagreement with the radical groups which attempt to incite hatred against immigrants. The demonstration was organized by anti Nazi alliance. Although the police states that only 1000 people attended the demonstration, according to this initiative group, about 5000 people attended it.
Since October 2014, the group called PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) have organized weekly anti-Islam and anti-immigrants protests. At the beginning of January, this organization managed to organize a huge march in memory of “Charlie Hebdo” journalists. There were about 25000 people taking part in the event.
The number of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa is steadily growing. It is worth noting that the German government headed by Angela Merkel took quite a reasonable position and did not take an advantage of the current situation which they could use in their populist interests. The country decided to welcome 800 000 refuges this year.