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Dutch will not ban Salafist organisations, despite radicalisation fears
The Dutch government does not plan to introduce a ban on Salafist organisations in the Netherlands, saying it would conflict with the individual right to freedom of religion.
'Our consititution is based on individual freedom,' social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher said in a briefing for MPs. 'That is why the cabinet does not want to ban a religion or intervene in people's personal religious beliefs.'
Parliament in December passed a motion calling on the cabinet to look into banning Salafist organisations because they are, according to the security services, a breeding ground for jihadism. Salafism is an ultra-conservative movement within Sunni Islam, and a small proportion of its followers – known as jihadi Salafists – believe in violence.
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