Lib Dem leader says 'our values are stronger' after Farage blames immigration
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has warned against ‘scapegoating or spreading fear’ in the wake of the ‘heinous’ lorry attack in Berlin, saying ‘we won’t defeat terrorism by turning in on ourselves’.
His remarks follows Nigel Farage blaming the attack on German chancellor Angela Merkel’s immigration policies.
Farron spoke out while visiting the Terre d’Asile child refugee centre in Paris, France, a charity supporting refugees sleeping rough, many from the ‘jungle’ camp in Calais.
He offered condolences to the families of the victims, and said our values are stronger than those of the killer.
Twelve people were killed and 48 injured when a lorry was driven into a Christmas market in west Berlin last night, in an apparent terrorist attack.
“Today is not a day for scapegoating or spreading fear. It’s a day to remember that we have far more in common than that which divides us.
We won’t defeat terrorism by turning in on ourselves, we will defeat it by showing that our values of tolerance, compassion and decency are stronger.”
Farage Tweeted last night:
Terrible news from Berlin but no surprise. Events like these will be the Merkel legacy.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) December 20, 2016
Brendan Cox, widower of the late MP Jo Cox, who was murdered by a neo-Nazi a week before the EU referendum, replied:
@Nigel_Farage blaming politicians for the actions of extremists? That’s a slippery slope Nigel
— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) December 20, 2016
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