Far-right groups attack three mosques in Netherlands



The extreme right-wing Rechts in Verzet group early Thursday put up banners with Islamophobic content in the entrance of two mosques in Enschede province, Cevdet Keskin from the Netherlands Diyanet Foundation, or NDF.

Another mosque complex in Houten province frequented Moroccan origin Dutch citizens -- was also desecrated by a far right group which also put up banners with anti-Islam slogans at the entrance of the mosque.

The group shared footage of the banners on their social media account which read, "We don't want a mosque", and "Islam is terror".

Keskin said that the attack was yet another sign of rising Islamophobia in the country.

"The continued attacks on the mosques in the Netherlands show that necessary measures are not being taken. We expect from the relevant authorities to do their best for the security of mosques,” he said.

Keskin said that a complaint was filed with the police after the mosque visitors found the banners.

Rising wave of Islamophobia

The Islamic houses of worship across Europe have endured dozens of attacks since January as attackers attempted to arson them with Molotov cocktails or spray-painted terror symbols or racist slurs on the walls. Luckily, the attacks caused no casualties.


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