Dutch Muslims Demand Security Enhancement at Mosque

Rotterdam, MINA – Muslims in Netherlands demand security enhancement of local security officials facing attacks of PKK and racist groups on mosques and for Islamic organizations in the country.

Worried about the increasing attacks on Islamophobia in the country for recent years, Muslims want security measures is not only in Amsterdam but also across the country.

According to the Anadolu Agency (AA), in addition racist attacks, Muslims in the Netherlands were also forced to protect themselves from terrorist PKK group members.

One of Muslim figures in Rotterdam Ali Dede Tas said that people who visited mosques for prayer and children who came to study religion were anxious.

“We are always nervous and feel as if someone can throw something at any time since the attack on our mosque last year,” said Tas.

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

Orhan Keles, a Turkish expatriate, said the Dutch government did not condemn the mosque attack last year and did not provide security measures and even make a convincing statement.

“Synagogues are protected throughout the country. We are not against any religion, they need to be protected too, “Keles said.

“But mosques are more often attacked and we don’t understand why the mosques do not protected,” he added.

According to a report compiled by the Political, Economic and Social Research Foundation (SETA) based in Ankara in 2017, there has been an increase in the wave of Islamophobia in Europe.

The report revealed, there were 908 crimes, ranging from verbal and physical attacks to assassination attempts, targeting Muslims in Germany, 664 in Poland, 364 in the Netherlands, 256 in Austria, 121 in France, 56 in Denmark and 36 in Belgium. (T/Sj/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)