Muslims should not take the controversial film Innocence of Muslims too seriously, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told RTV Rijnmond on Monday evening.

The American-made film shows the profit Mohammed as a sexually predatory gangster and conman. It has caused a backlash across the Middle East and several countries with large Muslim populations have blocked YouTube where it can be viewed.

Two small demonstrations against the film held in Amsterdam at the weekend passed off peacefully.

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