Saturday 10 December 2016

We must heed threats without betraying values

Published 08/01/2016 | 02:30

A police officer takes position after the fatal shooting in Paris yesterday. Photo: AP
A police officer takes position after the fatal shooting in Paris yesterday. Photo: AP

A year since the 'Charlie Hebdo' massacre and there was death on a Parisian street once more yesterday. In Germany, there is growing alarm about systematic and coordinated sexual attacks on women.

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Yet European democracies are not about to turn themselves into police states to suit the agendas of those who would wish to subvert the values and liberties that have been the hallmark of our civic society.

There are those who would wish it otherwise by fomenting a war of cultures on religious grounds. Others seek to use race and violent chauvinism as pretexts for inciting hatred and trampling on dignity and destabilising society.

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