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The Christmas market on la Croix-Rousse hill in Lyon, France, has been cancelled because organisers cannot afford the €20,000 security budget.
The annual Christmas market, with its stalls, marquee, and farm animals, has been cancelled because the cost of securing the site day and night was prohibitively expensive, whilst towns and cities across Europe are fortifying their Christmas markets with anti-terror barriers, reports Le Progrés.
“For the past year, requests to secure our events have increased,” explained Maïlys, the project manager for the southern French city’s merchants’ association.
"Domestic security services estimate there are some 10,300 radical Islamists in #Germany."
And you can expect them to be mobilised during the coming economic crisis. https://t.co/6pS5pKYUtC
— Alois Irlmaier (@AloisIrlmaier) November 22, 2017
Domestic security services estimate there are some 10,300 radical Islamists in Germany.
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Britain’s Christmas markets will surrounded by a ring of a steel with armed police on patrol and metal detectors at entrances as security is raised over new terror fears.
There will be concrete barriers, stop and search checks and officers on the ground at the popular festive events in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Bath in the run up to Christmas.
The precautions are being taken after the Local Government Association warned councils to be vigilant this year with the terror threat level to the UK currently at ‘severe’ – meaning an incident is ‘highly likely’.
Britain has suffered from the three horrific attacks this year with innocent people and children killed in London and Manchester.
But while security is being ramped up in light of the atrocities in Westminster in March, the Manchester Arena in May and London Bridge in June, the authorities are also concerned about a potential copy-cat attack.
Last Year 12 were murdered when an ISIS fanatic ploughed a lorry through Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz Christmas market.
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Aha, keine Weihnachtsmänner mehr, sondern Jahresendfiguren.
‼️Firma Lindt, nein danke‼️ pic.twitter.com/wDLbG17sbO
— Erika Steinbach (@SteinbachErika) November 16, 2017
And here Santa Claus is called “Bartmann” (Bart = beard, Mann = man)…
Könnte auch „Bartmann“ heißen. Was ist nur aus diesem Land geworden? Warum müssen wir uns nur so verbiegen und alles über den Haufen werfen? pic.twitter.com/bmt8CN9IVI
— Frank (@Frank19782015) November 17, 2017
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Father Desmond O’Donnell says the words Christmas and Easter have lost all sacred meaning
An Irish Catholic priest has called for Christians to stop using the word Christmas because it has been hijacked by “Santa and reindeer”.
Father Desmond O’Donnell said Christians of any denomination need to accept Christmas now has no sacred meaning.
Jerusalem hotels receive warning letter noting that Jewish religious law forbids Christmas trees and new year’s parties
Al-Jazeera – 23 December 2016
As tens of thousands of Christian pilgrims converge on the Holy Land this week to celebrate the birth of Jesus, senior Israeli rabbis have announced a war on the Christmas tree.
In Jerusalem, the rabbinate has issued a letter warning dozens of hotels in the city that it is “forbidden” by Jewish religious law to erect a tree or stage new year’s parties.