Edwin Wagensveld, Dutch right-wing politician tore up the Koran. PHOTOS/Yenisafak
THE HAGUE – Edwin Wagensveld, a right-wing politician Dutch and leader of the Islamophobia group Pegida, on Sunday (22/1/2023) tore a page out of a copy Al-Qur’an Tue The Hague, Belanda.
Wagensveld’s Twitter videos show him burning torn bible pages in a pot. This action follows a protest in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm on Saturday (21/1/2023), which included the burning of a copy of the Koran with police protection and permission from the Swedish government.
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Responding to this action, Turkey immediately summoned the Dutch ambassador in Ankara, Joep Wijnands, for the “heinous attack” on the Koran, the holy book of Islam, in The Hague.
“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the heinous attack of anti-Islamic people in The Hague, Netherlands, on January 22, which targeted our holy book, the Koran,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement, as quoted by Anadolu Agency.
“This despicable act, which, after Sweden, this time happened in the Netherlands, insults our sacred values and amounts to a hate crime, is a clear statement that Islamophobia, discrimination and xenophobia know no boundaries in Europe,” the statement added.
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This action directly targets the basic rights and freedoms, moral values and social tolerance of not only Muslims but all of humanity and it also undermines the culture of living together in peace, the statement emphasized.
Ambassador Wijnands was informed that Tutki condemned “heinous and despicable acts”, and demanded that the Netherlands not allow such “provocative acts”.
“We hope that the Dutch authorities will take the necessary measures against the perpetrators of the incident and implement concrete measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents,” he added.
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