Islamic school destroyed in 'arson attack'
10 November 2004 , AMSTERDAM — An Islamic primary school in the Brabant town of Uden was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night in a suspected arson attack linked to the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh last week.
10 November 2004
AMSTERDAM — An Islamic primary school in the Brabant town of Uden was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night in a suspected arson attack linked to the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh last week.
A fireman confirmed to news agency Novum that the words "kutmoslims" (cunt Muslims) was found on one of the school's windows. The message "Theo R.I.P" was also written on a school wall and the term "white power" was found elsewhere.
The fire at the Bedir School started at about 8.45pm and flames were seen leaping out of the school roof. At about midnight the school on the Bronkhorstlaan was considered to have been completely destroyed.
Police suspect arson as the cause of the fire and have confirmed that several slogans were found daubed across the main entrance of the school.
School director Ismaïl Taspinar contemplated that if Van Gogh had seen the fire, he would have thought it was "horrible" also. "So I am not sure if Theo will rest in peace," the director said.
Van Gogh was shot and stabbed to death in Amsterdam on 2 November and an alleged Islamic militant, 26-year-old Dutch-Moroccan Mohammed B., has been arrested on suspicion of the killing.
Van Gogh recently completed the film "Submission", which casts an accusing eye on domestic violence in the Islamic community. The film is considered one of the prime motives of his murder.
In the aftermath of his death, a series of arson attacks have been reported at Islamic mosques and an Islamic primary school was severely damaged in an explosion on Monday morning. Eindhoven has since resolved to permanently guard several Islamic buildings.
Meanwhile, Uden Mayor Joke Kersten said that threats have been made against Muslim organisations and authorities placed Islamic property under greater surveillance. Despite this, authorities were unable to prevent the suspected arson attack.
Police met with the school's management on Tuesday morning to discuss additional safety measures, but no decision was made to implement intensified security. There is insufficient capacity to permanently guard the 20 Islamic buildings in Uden.
Police also said on Tuesday that unknown culprits threw a bag of excrement through the window of the Moroccan consulate on the Calandstraat in Rotterdam on Monday night. No arrests have been made.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news