Belgium: Mosque withdraws request for loudspeakers

Belgium: Mosque withdraws request for loudspeakers

There will be no loudspeakers on the minarets of the mosque in Beringen. The mosque association decided to withdraw their request for calls to prayer.  The reason is the 'great opposition' against the plans.  "The mosque association is startled by the great resistance," says secretary Ahmed Koç, who is also alderman for SP.A.  "The association received just negative reactions, not only from the Vlaams Belang in Beringen, but also from residents."

The association says they're very disappointed.  "The members have the feeling that Muslims are not accepted," says Koç.  "What is possible in Heusden-Zolder, in Genk and elsewhere, is apparently not possible in Beringen."

The Vlaams Belang flyer which was spread everywhere in Beringen this week, showing a minaret and a loudspeaker and a powerful 'No' now seems outdated.  But the planned meeting of the party in  Beringen, in which Filip Dewinter will also be present, will go on as planned next week.

Source: De Standaard (Dutch)

See also:
* Belgium: Mosque asks to allow call to prayer
* Call to prayer foreign

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