Anti-Islam PVV upset over Almelo's plan to celebrate Eid
The municipality of Almelo is planning to light up the city's new bridge during a number of holidays, including Islamic holidays such as Eid. This plan hit the PVV the wrong way. Geert Wilders' anti-Islam party posed written questions to the Ministries of Home Affairs and Social Affairs asking them to contact Almelo and call on the mayor to combat symbols of Islam rather than promote them, AD reports.
On Saturday Almelo announced that it will light up the Egbert Gorter bridge more often, including on Muslim holidays. This could mean that the bridge will be lit on Eid al-fitr, or on Muharram. According to alderman Christien van Wijk, the exact holidays have not yet been chosen.
The Almelo college of mayor and aldermen doesn't think that illuminating the bridge on Islamic holidays will be an issue for the rest of the population.
The PVV feels differently. The party calls it "reprehensible" that governments are promoting the "conquest" of Islam, according to the newspaper.