The call of a mosque in Amsterdam to refrain from supporting the protests against the Moroccan government has been met with rage from the Moroccan community in the Netherlands.
On Friday, an Imam of Al Ihsane Mosque in the Dutch capital said that protests in Morocco, currently raging in the city of Al Hoceima against corruption and discrimination, should not be followed in the Netherlands.
The call, which was filmed and uploaded to YouTube, has been strongly denounced by the Moroccan Dutch community – the majority of whom come from the Northern Rif region of Morocco.
According to Dutch media, official complaints against the Al Ihsane mosque and its preacher have already been submitted to the authorities in Amsterdam. The complaints include opposing freedom of demonstration in the Netherlands and promoting hatred against protesters.
According to Said Bouharrou of the Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands, the imam in the video gives the impression that the people who are demonstrating are bad Muslims. He said that it was unwise for an imam to make political statements, emphasising that religion and politics must remain separate.
The Al Ihsane Mosque, which is not affiliated with the Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands, has reportedly received 30.000 euros in donations from King Mohamed VI during his visit to the Netherlands last year.
Masses of Dutch-Moroccans have been taking to the streets in major Dutch cities in solidarity with protesters in Rif.