Muslim girls hold placards as they join people on Westminster Bridge during an event to mark one week since a man drove his car into pedestrians then stabbed a police officer in London, Britain, March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth - RTX3381J

As many as 10,000 Muslims are set to protest in a rally against extremism in Cologne on Saturday. 
The protest comes in the wake of recent terror attacks in the UK and around the world. 
“The attacks by people who justify their acts by invoking Islam, without justification, are becoming more frequent,” protest organisers write on a website for the rally called NichtMitUns, or Not With Us.  
“Our faith is being abused, defiled, insulted and distorted into something unrecognisable by this. Let us put a powerful sign against violence and terror.”
Dozens of organisations have backed the protest. However, one of the largest Muslim associations in Germany has refused to take part. 
The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (Ditib), which represents more than 900 Muslim communities across the country, rejected the event in a statement accusing organisers of “hijacking and exploiting” the anti-terrorist agenda during the holy month of Ramadan. 
“Calls for ‘Muslim’ anti-terror demos fall short, stigmatise Muslims, …
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