Attack on Dutch mosque

A group of youths smashed a mosque’s windows in the Netherlands, sparking street fighting with Muslim immigrants at the weekend.

One person was hurt and police arrested one man after the Saturday night disturbance in the city of Venray. Local media reported that the fight had involved about 60 Turkish immigrants and around 20 indigenous Dutch.

A surge of Islamophobic attacks hit the Netherlands in the weeks after the November murder of a Dutch film-maker, who was allegedly killed by a Muslim extremist. There were dozens of attacks on mosques and Islamic schools, including several bombings and cases of arson.

One man suffered unspecified injuries in Saturday’s fight and was hospitalised overnight, police said.

Morning Star, 4 April 2005