New mosque ban in Padua after Paris attacks
The Local · 9 Jan 2015, 15:54
Published: 09 Jan 2015 15:42 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Jan 2015 15:54 GMT+01:00
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Massimo Bitonci, a Northern League member who last year said crucifixes must be hung on the walls of all schools and offices across the Veneto city, said in a tweet on Friday: “No to new mosques”.
He added that controls on private establishments used for worship will also be tightened.
In a sign of solidarity with France over the shooting, in which 12 people died, a French flag has been hung outside the town hall.
There has been an anti-Muslim backlash in parts of Europe in the wake of the attacks in Paris.
A Swedish politician was reported to police on Friday after he wrote “the religion of peace shows its face” on his Facebook page, while a survey in Germany showed that a growing majority of Germans felt threatened by Islam.
In Austria, a mosque in a building used by the Vienna Islamic Centre was defaced by Islamophobic graffiti on Thursday.
Muslims make up Italy’s second-largest religious group but their faith still lacks official national recognition.
The country is home to 1.7 million Muslims and the country has over 700 mosques.
In January last year, a court in Lombardy ruled that urban planners must give space to non-Catholic groups, sparking a backlash from the Northern League, which branded the decision as “disgraceful judgement”.