Pegida holds protest, screens Islam-insulting movie in front of Utrecht mosque

ANADOLU AGENCY
UTRECHT, Netherlands
Published 23.01.2019 01:37
Pegida supporters staged protests outside the Abi Bakr Issidik Mosque on Jan. 16, 2019. (AA Photo)
Pegida supporters staged protests outside the Abi Bakr Issidik Mosque on Jan. 16, 2019. (AA Photo)

Supporters of the 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 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 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.

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