He is "dismayed" by the image that currently confronts him in Saarbrücken's Großherzog-Friedrich-Straße, explained the deacon of the evangelical Saar-West church group, Christian Weyer, on Friday. A flag of the jihadist group "Islamic state in Iraq and in Syria" (ISIS) has been hanging for weeks on the balcony of a private residence. "It is intolerable that the flag of a terrorist organisation is being flown unhindered," said Weyer emphatically.
... The representative of the Assyrian cultural association Saarlouis is similarly indignant. "We Assyrian Christians feel deeply hurt and concerned that in the middle of the city the symbol and mass murder and genocide of our fellow Christians can be publicly displayed," explained Charli Kanoun from the cultural association. The authorities are forced to watch helplessly "while terror is glorified," said Kanoun, enraged.
In fact, the authorities have not been able to do anything about the flag until now. An inquiry by the state prosecutor determined that the flag is not illegal, said a police spokesman. ISIS itself is not banned in Germany.
...The Saarbrücken city government is now checking to see whether the flag could be taken down on public order grounds.