Utrecht allows Pegida demonstration
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Whilst still allowing them the right to protest, the city of Utrecht will not allow Pegida to demonstrate at the Ulu mosque in the Lombok. The municipality offered the anti-Islam movement an alternative location for their demonstration, near the police station in the area.
We saw earlier this month that things turned violent during a Pegida demonstration at the mosque, when the police had to intervene when counter-demonstrators started throwing eggs, tomatoes, bottles and cans.
Utrecht will therefore not risk another demonstration at the mosque which is likely to turn violent and so looked for an area that was from a safety point of view, more manageable, visible and controllable. Looking out for the protestors so that they could be better protected in the event of any counter demonstrations. Vet thoughtful of the municipality as I’m sure that Pegida recognise the principles of free speech and freedom of expression and worship.
Although no counter-demonstrations have been registered with the municipality it is always better to be safe than sorry. The deputy mayor has apparently stressed that the police will nonetheless intervene if Pegida demonstrators or counter-demonstrators do not comply with the municipality’s instructions at the latest demonstration.