Netherlands: Islamophobic Pegida protests outside mosque

18th Jan 2019
Netherlands: Islamophobic Pegida protests outside mosque

By Abdullah Asiran

 

UTRECHT, The Netherlands (AA): Far-right Islamophobic group Pegida staged an anti-Islam demonstration in front of a mosque in the Netherlands late Wednesday.

The demonstration was held outside the Abi Bakr Issidik Mosque, frequented by members of the Moroccan community, in Utrecht, the central Netherlands.

During the demonstration, members of Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) made speeches and showed a movie insulting Islam.

Tight security measures were taken around the mosque, including the installation of high barricades, and extra police were dispatched to the area.

After the Pegida demonstration, some local residents behind the barricades clashed for a short time with security forces.

Police detained two people.

Jamal Houri, press secretary for the mosque, told Anadolu Agency that Pegida tries to be deliberately provocative.

“Even though the area they chose for the demonstration was provocative, the mosque administration and community decided not to follow their provocation and ignored them completely,” Houri said.

“This is the best response we can give them. Because paying attention to them works in their favor,” he added.

Pegida planted 23 crosses on a construction site for a mosque in Endschede, eastern Netherlands, in March last year, were not prosecuted.

The prosecutors said that Pegida were not prosecuted as “the words and the actions they used were shocking but did not contain any insult or discrimination against any group.”

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Photo: Pegida demonstrator speaking in front of Abi Bakr Issidik Mosque in Utrecht, Netherlands on 16 January 2019. Photographer: Abdullah Asiran/AA]

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