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Muslims in Netherlands call for security in mosques

Head of Geylani Foundation in Rotterdam urges Dutch government to take immediate action against attacks

30.01.2019 - Update : 30.01.2019
Muslims in Netherlands call for security in mosques

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands

Muslims in the Netherlands have demanded security measures against racist and PKK terror attacks on Islamic organizations and mosques.

Worried about the increasing Islamophobic attacks in the country in recent years, Muslims want security measures to be taken not only in the capital Amsterdam but across the country. Besides racist attacks, they are also forced to protect themselves from members of the PKK.

Ali Dede Tas, head of Geylani Foundation in Rotterdam, told Anadolu Agency that the people visiting the mosque for prayers as well as children coming for religious training felt anxious.

"We have always been uneasy and in a mood as if someone could throw something in any moment since the attack on our mosque last year," said Tas.

He also urged the Dutch government to take action against the attacks as soon as possible "without waiting until something happens."

"The Dutch government did not condemn the mosque attack last year, which is a racist approach. It didn't provide security measures and didn't even make a reassuring statement," said Orhan Keles, a Turkish expat.

Keles said: "Synagogues are protected throughout the country. We are not opposed to any religion, they need to be protected as well."

"But the mosques have been under more attacks and we do not understand why the mosques aren't being protected," he added.

According to the European Islamophobia Report 2017, a rising wave of Islamophobia has taken hold in Europe.

The report revealed 908 crimes, ranging from verbal and physical attacks to murder attempts, targeting Muslims in Germany, as well as 664 in Poland, 364 in the Netherlands, 256 in Austria, 121 in France, 56 in Denmark, and 36 in Belgium.

The report was prepared by the Ankara-based Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA).

Reporting by Abdullah Asiran:Writing by Sibel Ugurlu

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