More than 1,000 demonstrators followed the call for a rally by Islamists in Hamburg on Saturday. In the St. Georg district they protested against an allegedly Islamophobic policy and media campaign in Germany. Slogans such as “Germany = dictatorship of values” or “Caliphate is the solution” could be read on posters. The rally was secured by a large police presence. There were no incidents. The police put the number of participants at 1,100.

According to information from the Hamburg Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the person who registered the rally is close to the Muslim Interaktiv group, which is classified as definitely extremist.

The organizers repeatedly asked the demonstrators to shout “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”). Speakers accused politicians and the media of “cheap lies” and “cowardly reporting” that were intended to brand all Muslims in Germany as Islamists against the backdrop of the Gaza war.

Muslim Interaktiv had already organized a demonstration in St. Georg at the end of October despite the ban. In February last year, the group mobilized 3,500 people to a rally against the burning of the Koran in Sweden.