The Ahmadiyya mosque in the Berlin-Pankow is supposed tob e opened soon. However, demonstrations against the construction oft he mosque has not ended yet. The local police has already began to train its officers in intercultural issues. Claudia Keller reports.
BERLIN – About 500 people marched in protest against the planned construction of a mosque in Berlin-Pankow for the Ahmadiyya Muslims. The far-right NPD party took part in the organisation of the march, which was closely monitored by the police and passed without reported incident.
Berlin – After indications from district mayor Burkhard Kleinert (Left Party), the construction of a mosque in Berlin-Pankow is no longer in question. When the Ahmadiyya Muslim Union applied for a building permit, they should have recieved one immediately. The opposition to their application had no legal foundation, said Kleinert in an interview. It will be the first mosque in eastern Berlin. Local opposition to the mosque is strong.