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CCTV footage of a fight between two people inside a mosque has shown how high tensions are rising between an older generation of traditional Muslims and a younger, radical generation of Islamists.

 

The violent incident in which a 80-year-old is thrown to the ground by a younger radical Muslim occurred in the Al-Ummah mosque in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

According to local media, the 80-year-old muezzin - the person who calls the faithful to prayer five times a day - was attacked by the son of a radical Imam whose faction tried to take over the mosque.

A spokesperson of the city of Amsterdam has confirmed the incident which occurred on 10th November. The muezzin has filed a criminal complaint for assault. The alleged perpetrator is said to have fled to Morocco.

The Vice Chairman of the mosque, Lahcen Farah, says he is taking the case very seriously. According to him, a group of young radicals tried to take control of the mosque.

The alleged perpetrator is said to be in his early 40s and had previously held the post of Imam at two other Amsterdam mosques.

According to Labour MP Ahmed Marcouch, 47, there have been tensions at the mosque for quite some time between older, traditional Muslims and Salafist activists.

Marcouch, an outspoken MP who was previously a police officer, as well as the spokesman for the Union of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands, said: "Apparently, they have succeeded in infiltrating key positions."

He explained that to the dismay of the older generation, the Islamists are literally trying to win over territory by hanging around in groups inside and in front of the mosque.

Marcouch, who once called the Netherlands "naive" in handling Islamists, has not been the only Dutch-Moroccan politician who took a hard line against radical Islamists.

The Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, a popular figure in the Labour party, even said inside a mosque that radicals who do not feel at home in the country should "f*** off."