Saturday, October 22, 2016

Muslims Protest against Mosque Closings in Italy; Govt.Refuses to Allow "Mini Mosques in Garages"

Hundreds of Muslims prayed next to Rome's Colosseum yesterday to protest against the closure of makeshift mosques, calling on city officials to protect their religious rights, the Reuters website reports today (October 22, 2016).

At least 1.6 million Muslims live in Italy, but there are only a handful of mosques officially registered with the government.

Most worship takes place in houses and Islamic cultural centers -- a development that some politicians have said makes them difficult to monitor, raising the risk of radicalization, particularly in the wake of terror attacks across Europe.

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said in August that "mini mosques in garages" should not be allowed.

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