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Dutch Muslims and Christians called for an end to a cycle of retaliatory vandalism of mosques and churches Tuesday, while slain filmmaker Theo van Gogh was cremated a week after his murder by a suspected Islamic radical.

Around 150 guests gathered at the De Nieuwe Ooster Crematorium for the cremation.

Hundreds more watched on a screen outside and mourners left flowers, cigarettes and beer at a makeshift monument on the street where Van Gogh -- a distant relative of the Dutch impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh -- was repeatedly shot and stabbed.

Since the Nov. 2 slaying of Van Gogh, whose last film was critical of how women are treated under Islam, fires have been set at mosques and an immigrant social center has been vandalized.

Photo on the Picture Page, C10.

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