The Hamburger Morgenpost, also known as MoPo is a local newspaper very popular amongst people living in Hamburg. The number of readers is currently 91,000.
This event generated concerns regarding security in Germany, especially on the eve of a planned mass gathering against Islam in Dresden.
Since the Charlie Hebdo attack, followed by the tragic event that took place at a kosher Deli in Paris, killing 17 people, many European countries are now expressing concerns regarding the possibility of such Islamist militant attacks continuing in other parts of Europe.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the popular newspaper Bild am Sonntag that he was very worried “about well-prepared perpetrators like those in Paris, Brussels, Australia or Canada”. He added that there are currently 260 people living in Germany classified as “dangerous Islamists”.
According to the newspapers, U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted a conversation between members of the senior Islamic State (IS) in which they were talking about how the Paris attacks were just the beginning of a series of assaults that were going to take place in Europe.
The Hamburger Morgenpost event was linked to the front page publishing of three Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. The cover’s headline was “this much freedom must be possible!”.
The assault took place on Sunday, Jan. 11 at about 2.22 a.m. local time (1.22am GMT) when offices were closed. The culprits broke a window using stones then threw the improvised fire bomb into the building.
The fire alarm was quickly set off and the fire brigade arrived in short time, extinguishing the fire rapidly.
There were no victims; some files and back issues were the only items to have suffered damage during this incident. Staff was able to resume work that morning.
The police is now investigating the possibility of a link between the republished Charlie Hebdo cartoons and the arson.
Germany is one of the west European countries trying to stop the radicalization of malcontent young Muslims, as some of them want to become jihadist insurgents in Syria or Iraq.
There is also the fear of anti-immigration movements such as Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) as a reaction towards the Paris attack. The group assembles every week with 18, ooo people attending last Monday’s rally. However, the assembly was outshined by an anti-racism demonstration which attracted 35,000 people.
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