Turkey slams Netherlands over far-right provocation
By Dildar Baykan
Turkey's EU Minister Omer Celik on Wednesday slammed the Netherlands for granting permission to an anti-Islam group to roast pork in front of a mosque in Rotterdam during iftar (the fast-breaking meal).
"On Thursday, at the time of the breaking of Ramadan fast, members of this fascist organization will hold a barbeque party in front of Rotterdamâs Laleli Mosque of Islamitische Stichting Nederland and they will roast pigs on spits," Celik tweeted.
Far-right organization Patriotic Europeans against Islamization of the West (Pegida) previously announced on social media that they will roast pork in front of mosques during this week's fast-breaking hours in Dutch cities of Rotterdam, Utrecht, Gouda, the Hague and Arnhem. The Municipality of Rotterdam gave permission to Pegida.
Eating pork is forbidden for Muslims.
Celik said this is the most immoral attempt ever in the history of hate crimes.
"Granting legal permission to such an immoral activity is also another deficiency of morality," he added.
"Other municipalities in the Netherlands did not allow Pegida to roast pigs in front of mosques at the fast-breaking time. However, Ahmet Abutalib, Mayor of Rotterdam, who is of Moroccan origin, thinks that this activity of Pegida is not against the law. Such a gross tragedy!"
Celik also said that Turkish and other Muslims in Rotterdam will lay flowers around the mosque and "erect a wall of love with flowers against the odour of hate".
"Muslims will teach a humanity lesson against this policy of hatred. Thus, they will remind everyone of the respect to mosques, churches and synagogues."Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the new s stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options. Source: Google News Netherlands | Netizen 24 Netherlands