Utrecht bans Pegida demonstration at mosque

Pegida T shirt
Pegida T shirt . Photo: @PegidaNederland / Twitter

The city of Utrecht will not allow Pegida to demonstrate at the Ulu mosque in the Lombok neighborhood on Wednesday. The municipality offered the anti-Islam movement an alternative location for their demonstration, near the police station in the area, RTV Utrecht reports.

Earlier this month things turned violent during a Pegida demonstration at the mosque. The police had to intervene when counter-demonstrators started throwing eggs, tomatoes, bottles and cans. The city therefore will not risk another demonstration at the mosque, and searched for a place that is "more manageable, visible and controllable, so that protesters can be better protected in the event of irregularities", the city said. 

No counter-demonstrations have been registered with the municipality for Wednesday, according to the broadcaster. The deputy mayor stressed that the police will intervene if Pegida demonstrators or counter-demonstrators do not comply with the rules on Wednesday.