Dozens attack mosque in the Netherlands

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – A group of youths smashed windows of a mosque in the southern Netherlands, setting off a street brawl with Muslim immigrants, police said Sunday.

One person was hurt, and police arrested one man after the Saturday night disturbance in the city of Venray, police said.

Local media reported the fight involved about 60 Turkish immigrants and around 20 native Dutch.

A surge of racially motivated attacks hit the Netherlands in the weeks after the November murder of a Dutch filmmaker, allegedly by an Islamic extremist. The violence has included dozens of attacks on mosques and Islamic schools, including several bombings and cases of arson. No one has been killed in the attacks.

One man suffered unspecified injuries in Saturday’s fight and was hospitalized overnight, police said.

The man who was arrested was identified as a 33-year-old from a neighboring town who police said “had a large part in the disturbance at the mosque.”

Police said more arrests might follow.

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