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Conservative takeover

13 May 2006 – This weekend, the board of the Northern Netherlands department of Milli Görüs will be removed by the German headquarters, newspapers report today. Milli Görüs is the organisation that is building the Westermoskee, a large mosque in the De Baarsjes district.

The Northern Netherlands department has a liberal reputation. For example, it participated in projects that aim to stimulate discussions about issues such as homosexuality, honour killings, and violence against women. The headquarters is said to have a more conservative view, based on a strict interpretation of islam.

According to NRC Handelsblad, the German headquarters wanted to amend the organisation’s bylaws, in order to strengthen it’s hold on the department. Because the board of the department refused to go along, it will be removed this weekend at an internal meeting, the newspaper writes.

In the same newspaper, a spokesperson of the German headquarters denies that there is an internal conflict: We are one organisation and all departments have the same view”.

Yesterday, the ACB, an institution which supports immigrants’ organisations, announced that it has suspended the collaboration with Milli Görüs because of the takeover. The ACB is concerned that the department will adopt a more conservative line.

Last February, Milli Görüs started building the Westermoskee in De Baarsjes. This ended a very lengthy conflict with the district and later with neighbourhood residents, about the height of the minaret among other things.

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