Selimiye mosque under surveillance

25th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 July 2007 , HAARLEM – Volunteers will keep the Turkish Selimiye mosque in Haarlem under guard around-the-clock, according to Oktay Özcan, the spokesperson for the mosque on Tuesday. With this security measure in place the mosque executive hopes to prevent that the mosque will be badly damaged.

24 July 2007

HAARLEM – Volunteers will keep the Turkish Selimiye mosque in Haarlem under guard around-the-clock, according to Oktay Özcan, the spokesperson for the mosque on Tuesday. With this security measure in place the mosque executive hopes to prevent that the mosque  will be badly damaged.

Unidentified individuals threw two Molotov cocktails at the Selimiye mosque last Sunday. The mosque at the Reinaldapark, which is still under construction, had already been vandalised on 12 July. Some windows were smashed and others were smeared with racist slogans.

Özcan expects that surveillance will need to be continued until the mosque is opened, unless apprehensions are made earlier. The mosque is expected to be opened in mid October.

The security firm in charge of the surveillance of the mosque has asked for volunteers to help guard the mosque. Around-the-clock surveillance would be too costly; the Turkish security firm has therefore recruited volunteers from its own Turkish-Islamic circles to help safeguard the mosque.

The volunteers can quickly intervene when something happens,  Özcan argues. “We are trying  to improve the response time to prevent large scale damage. We also hope to discourage the vandals.”

The police have agreed with the mosque executive to step up the surveillance. ‘We’ll do what we can. The fact that they are deploying volunteers is great,” a police spokesperson said.

 

[Copyright Expatica News 2007 + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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