German Police Tell Muslim Refugees To Avoid Attending Carnival Celebration

A police department in northwestern Germany has drawn criticism for sending a letter to refugee home administrators advising them against sending their Muslim residents to the Carnival celebrations because it could lead to “undesired interactions” with the general public, according to local reports Monday.

The report comes as several cities throughout the North Rhine-Westphalia region, which is the most populous Germany, are preparing to welcome millions of visitors to their Carnival celebrations later this February. Authorities in the region might have concerns about terrorist attacks happening at the Christian festivities that commemorate a period of fasting before Easter, because of the troubling history of Islamic militants targeting Western religious events.