Rally brings hundreds to Amsterdam mosque in Islamophobia fight

A woman with her head covered stands on an Amsterdam bridge with a mosque in the background
A woman with her head covered stands on an Amsterdam bridge with a mosque in the background. March 13, 2017Ale_MiDepositPhotosDeposit Photos

About 300 Muslim and non-Muslim people gathered in the Al Kabir mosque in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon to show support to the Muslim community in the city. The organizers wanted to to show a counterpoint to the "hateful stories" spreading about the Islamic community, NOS reports.

"We want to show Muslims that they are not alone", Abdou Menebhi of the Collective Against Islamophobia said to NOS. "Politicians, stop saying things like 'the Netherlands is threatened by Islam'. The Netherlands is threatened by extremists from all sides."

On March 18th there will be a large, national gathering in Amsterdam against racism. Multiple social organizations from the Dutch capital will take part in this event, including mosques, churches and political parties. 

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