Hundreds of people have attended a memorial ceremony for an Egyptian woman who was stabbed to death in a Dresden courtroom. German and Egyptian officials attended.
Marwa el-Sherbini was pregnant when she was killed by a man convicted for calling her a terrorist and a whore. The prosecution had appealed against the sentence and she was given evidence at the hearing. She was stabbed 18 times in front of her four-year-old son. Her murder has provoked outrage among Muslims. One woman at the memorial ceremony said it was important to demonstrate. “I think it’s important to make clear that it’s totally unacceptable for a human being to do something like that just because someone is different, or a foreigner, or of a different religion.” About 150 people protested in front of the German embassy in the Iranian capital, Tehran. The demonstrators chanted “death to Germany and racist Europe”. Thousands attended El-Sherbini’s funeral in Alexandria, Egypt. Her husband is still in hospital. He was stabbed, then police shot him by mistake as he was trying to defend his wife.