Muslim group cautions against cartoon rally

10th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — A prominent Muslim group has voiced opposition to the call on discussion forums for a rally in Amsterdam on Saturday against the the republishing of the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in the Netherlands.

10 February 2006

AMSTERDAM —  A prominent Muslim group has voiced opposition to the call on discussion forums for a rally in Amsterdam on Saturday against the the republishing of the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in the Netherlands.

The union of Moroccan Mosques in Amsterdam and surrounding areas (UMMAO) said it contacted the boards of mosques about the demonstration. "We asked them to communicate to the imams they should address the character of the rally during Friday prayers," UMMAO chairman Thalil ait Bilal said.

Messages were posted on Muslim discussion forums at the beginning of the week to ask Muslims to rally on the Dam in Amsterdam on Saturday. The message was posted by an 19-year-old Moroccan but signed in the name of the "Muslim community".  

"We hope everyone is aware that this would be an illegal demonstration. We are therefore not supporting the idea. Taking account of the atmosphere in Amsterdam, it does not appear to be the best manner to address the caricatures," Ait Bilal. 

He said there were dozens of other ways to deal with the issue, such as "by dialogue".

Amsterdam City Council has not received an application seeking permission for a rally on Saturday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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