School officials are now denying that attendance at the event was required, no doubt on orders of the Merkel government, virulently opposed to the fast-growing anti-Islam PEGIDA movement. At the last PEGIDA demonstration, following the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, some 40,000 supporters came out.
Blazing Cat Fur 1000 students from the five schools of Lübeck Europe were forced to demonstrate against the rapidly growing anti-Islamization PEDIGA around Germany, and were given posters to carry promoting freedom, diversity, openness, respect, tolerance, freedom of expression and religious freedom, human dignity and freedom of the press (Ideas that are not now, nor have ever, been part of Islam).
The schools and the police gave a positive assessment. However, students and parents took to social media to criticize the compulsory attendance at the event.
On the Facebook page of LN online, students complained about being forced by the school administration to march in the parade, regardless of how they felt about PEGIDA. “It was a compulsory event for us students. I had to be there and my presence had to be verified, “one student wrote on Facebook.
The heads of the five European schools reject the allegations. “The demonstration was recognized as a school event with compulsory attendance,” says Stephan Cosmos, head of the Friedrich-List-school, even though school officials at the Ernestine School claim that students who did not wish to participate in the demonstration were allowed to stay away from school.
At the TMS school, says principal Peter Flittiger, participation in the demo was accordingly voluntary. So also in the Baltic School. “We had testimony conferences,” says principal Maik Abshagen.
In addition, all schools indicate that it was not a political event – it is therefore not too concerned opinions. It should be recalled only to the obvious fundamental values.