Thursday, September 10, 2009

Major Ethnic Problems in the Town of Ede

Mayor Van der Knaap of the town of Ede says that the atmosphere in the city leads to polarization and radicalization. This is the result of a study by the IVA research bureau, associated with Tilburg University. The Moroccan community and the Protestant community in the suburbs see each other as enemies. Moroccans in the town received national publicity when some of them organized festivities after 9/11. This group has since been in the news for burning cars, vandalism and threatening bus drivers. Two years ago it became known that the local mosque has a controversial Salafist preacher. On the other side there is a group of extreme right-wing youngsters who are responsible for many incidents. There was an attempt of arson near the construction site of a new mosque and the head of a pig was deposited at the site.

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