German President urged not to succumb to hatred because of terrorist attack in Berlin
Joachim Gauck called for unity in front of the common threat
President of the Federal Republic of Germany called on citizens not to succumb to feelings of hatred and fear due to the terrorist attack in Berlin Christmas market. He said this in his Christmas address in Bellevue Palace, reports Ukrinform.
"A lot of people killed and injured on the Christmas market in Berlin, frightened and deeply troubled us. We met the feelings of rage and anger, but also fear and powerlessness." - Gauck said.
However, he warned of the danger that these emotions may prevail, and turned into a feeling of hatred and a desire to respond to violence with force. Rage and anger may, in his words, become a force to repulse hatred, violence and contempt for others. Then society will remain a place of solidarity and mutual understanding.
The Head of State called for unity facing a common threat.
"Especially in times of terrorist attacks, we should not deepen the cracks in our society, suspect certain groups indiscriminately or place the burden of the full responsibility on politicians" - Gauck said on policy towards refugees.
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