Hundreds of Muslims in the Dutch city of Eindhoven counter-demonstrate against anti-Islam group for allegedly desecrating mosque.
Rabat – A confrontation between the far-right anti-immigration neo-nazi group Pigeda and a group of Muslims took place on Sunday, May 26, in the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven.
The anti-islam groups staged a demonstration near the mosque of al Furqan, where the group allegedly planned to insult Islam.
The groups had allegedly carried out anti-muslim campaign which included roasting pigs at mosques during the holy month of Ramadan before local police intervened and arrested a dozen counter-protestors.
Around 400 Muslim residents took to the streets to denounce the act of sacrilege, calling for peace and coexistence.
The incident turned bitter as four police officers were injured after both groups began stone throwing at each other.
Edwin Wagensveld, the leader of Pegida, told local radio station Omroep Brabant that the group had not planned to roast pigs at mosques but merely to deliver criticism.
However, the right wing group has previously been condemned for a pig-roasting campaign in 2018.
The head of the racist group has pleged to organize a second demonstration.
Standing for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, Pegida’s members inspire neo-Nazi sentiments and often use the symbol of the swastika at demonstrations.
The group has several branches across a number of European countries.