Radicals disrupt Islam debate in Amsterdam

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Radical Belgian Muslims on Wednesday evening disrupted an Islam debate held at Amsterdam venue De Balie which featured writer and Muslim activist Irshad Manji and Green Left Party MP Tofik Dibi.

The Islamists threatened and spat on Ms Manji. Tofik Dibi, who accompanied Ms Manji to the police station when she went to file a report, said that “The Disruption of the debate shows that even in the Netherlands it is necessary to continue the debate on a free and moderate Islam.”

Eventually, the police were called in to remove the Islamists. A police spokesperson later spoke of a group of 22 men, two of whom were arrested, one for making threats and one for insults.

Irshad Manji, who is known as a critic of Islam, is the author of . On the current affairs programme Pauw en Witteman she said she had had her share of fierce opposition but that she had never before seen something like this.

The Islamists, who also threw eggs, demanded that the participants in the debate step down from the stage, but they refused. Mr Dibi later tweeted that the debate “about a promising new generation of Muslims” was later continued at the request of Ms Manji.

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders tweeted: “Dibi does not deserve eggs from radical Muslims or disruption of the meeting. He must be able to say what he wants.”

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