Germany has announced a ban on all activities that support Islamic State (formerly ISIL) in the wake of reports that nearly 400 German citizens have joined the terrorist militants.
Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maizere announced the ban in a statement on Friday. He said the European country is “a true democracy, and there is no place here for a terror organisation directed at the constitutional system and the belief in understanding among different peoples.”
“More than 100 Islamists have returned,” De Maizere said. “Many are frustrated, but others have combat experience. They have learned to hate and kill. They are well connected. They have been trained to fight and are possibly willing to share their knowledge with other supporters and recruit new supporters. We must prevent radical Islamists from bringing their Jihad into our cities,” he added.
The ban includes displaying the militants’ symbols publicly, such as the black flag, during gatherings or in writings, photographs, recordings, images or illustrations.
Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country, also announced a ban on support for the Islamic State and warned citizens not to join the rebel group’s fight in Syria and Iraq, according to the Jakarta Post.
“The government rejects and bans the teachings of [the Islamic State] from growing in Indonesia. It is not in line with state ideology… or the philosophy of [diversity] under the unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia,” said Djoko Suyanto, a former commander in chief of the Indonesian military.
In July, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries to enforce an international arms embargo and economic sanctions on the Islamic State militant group in a bid to weaken the insurgency, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama announced that a “broad coalition” composed of Arab and European allies and led by the United States, will be formed to fight the Islamic State.
Secretary of State John Kerry is currently touring Middle Eastern and European countries to gather support for Obama’s initiative.