The far-right group Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) plans to hold an anti-Islam protest in Eindhoven (North Brabant province) on Wednesday, June 19. The demonstration, which is specifically protesting the construction of Al-Farooq Mosque on Otterstraat, will take place at Stadhuisplein at 19:00 (local time). A counterprotest is expected and may be held at the mosque or at Stadhuisplein. A heightened security presence and localized disruptions are likely; clashes between protesters and counterprotesters or security forces cannot be ruled out.
A similar event was held in Eindhoven on May 26 that resulted in violence and the arrest of five people.
Individuals in Eindhoven are advised to monitor the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, avoid protests and counterprotests as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized disruptions.
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