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Netherlands: Islamophobic attack on mosque in Amsterdam

19th Jan 2018
Netherlands: Islamophobic attack on mosque in Amsterdam

By Abdullah Asiran

 

AMSTERDAM (AA): A mosque in the Dutch capital Amsterdam was targeted by a group of far-right extremists, the head of the mosque said on Thursday.

The far-right “Rechts in Verzet” movement claimed responsibility for the attack and hanged anti-Islam banners and a dummy’s severed head was tied to fence outside the Emir Sultan Mosque in Amsterdam. A bloody headless dummy body was left below the head.

Photos of the bloody headless dummy and its severed head were placed online on the far-right Facebook page.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Kamber Sener, the head of the mosque, condemned the incident and said there were many far-right extremists who were trying to frighten Muslims.

Sener said they had encountered such an incident for the first time and added an investigation into the incident had been launched.

The banners hanged outside the mosque read: “Islam must be stopped. We do not want a mosque tied to [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan in northern Amsterdam.”

A deputy from Denk Party, established by two Dutch politicians of Turkish origin, told Anadolu Agency that the party’s proposal to discuss the attack on the mosque in the parliament was rejected.

“Every time, the same parties do not accept the proposal for a debate,” Farid Azarkan said.

Azarkan said it was “saddening” not to discuss such issues in the parliament despite many Islamophobic attacks in the country.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Photo of the bloody headless dummy and its severed head is from “Rechts in Verzet” Facebook page]

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