The Islamists threatened and spat on Ms Manji. Tofik Dibi, who accompanied Ms Manji to the police station when she went to file a report, said that “The Disruption of the debate shows that even in the Netherlands it is necessary to continue the debate on a free and moderate Islam.”
Eventually, the police were called in to remove the Islamists. A police spokesperson later spoke of a group of 22 men, two of whom were arrested, one for making threats and one for insults.
Though they reportedly claimed to be part of the group Sharia4Holland, witnesses stated that they spoke with a Flemish (Belgian) accent, and were likely members of Sharia4Belgium, one of a number of groups of Muslim extremists seeking to install sharia law in Europe. Irshad Manji is a practicing Muslim who promotes modernization and reform within the faith. She is the author of several books, includingThe Trouble With Islam Today.
The events took place only two days after Dutch-Moroccan Muslim youth threw stones at a Santa Claus in the Slotervaart section of Amsterdam. In recent years, the festivities surrounding the arrival of “Sint” to the Netherlands have been cancelled in several cities as a result of threats and violence perpetrated by radicalized Muslim youth in the Netherlands.