Anti-Islam banners hung at Weesp mosque construction site

A child walks near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France
A child walks near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France . Portaloko

On Monday morning construction workers found anti-Islam banners hung at the construction site for a mosque on M. Nijhoffstraat in Weesp. The police removed the "discriminating banners" and are calling on witnesses to come forward, the police write on Facebook.

According to broadcaster NOS, the banners read "Islam = terrorism", "Stop the construction. Come in resistance" and "The Quran is poison". 

The president of the Assoenat mosque Mohamed Ouardi is shocked by the banners. "We have very good contact with the local people, so we have no idea who is behind this", he said to NOS. "Personally I suspect you need to look at the far right corner. They try to sow hatred."

Local residents condemn the banners on social media, according to the Gelderlander. "It is through this kind of action that you get discord and hatred for each other. Do not be a herd animal and rather talk to each other", one of the responses read. 

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