“Islamophobic” demonstrators are out in force again in Tahiti, this time to protest the arrival of an imam who is unknown to the official Islamic authorities in France, and has also been banned from the USA as a terrorist.
Below is the Facebook page for the anti-mosque group, also translated by Rita:
We all share the same concern regarding the presence of the self-proclaimed Imam Hicham El Berkani on our territory. His personality, his lack of transparency (his origins, funding), his defiance of our laws, his insistence on returning here while he is banned in the USA, lead us to have serious doubts about him.
In the interest of keeping our social peace, the collective “To Tatou Hiro’a, Ta Tatou ‘Arora’a” has organized a peaceful march to show the authorities that our fears are justified and that we want to have answers to our questions:
Why is this imam allowed to circulate freely on our territory, while he is considered potentially dangerous by the American Secret Services?
Why is he allowed to officiate freely, while he is manifestly an outlaw (illegal)?
We ask for the definitive expulsion of this suspicious “Imam”.
Lets march together to preserve our identity, our culture, our future and that of our children.
NO TO THE IMAM, NO TO ISLAMISM, NO TO EXTREMISM.
The march took place Saturday 12 July 2014 at 1 pm.
|00:04||The Collective “To Tatou Hiro’a, Ta Tatou ‘Arora’a” at the start|
|00:08||of their second demonstration.|
|00:12||The reason: doubts concerning a supposed Imam|
|00:16||Hicham El Berkani, not known to French Islamic authorities,|
|00:20||and a priori coming from a radical branch.|
|00:24||There is something fishy about him, he was forbidden|
|00:28||in the US… Americans don’t joke around such things. Is it him who disturbs, or is it|
|00:32||religion? For the moment we are here to ask for the|
|00:36||expulsion of this Imam. He declared himself Imam here; he is not known|
|00:40||by Muslim organisations in France. The collective denies|
|00:44||being racist or Islamophobe, somewhat contradicting the message|
|00:48||from the demonstrators who refuse the installation of a mosque.|
|00:52||Song: We don’t want any mosque|
|00:56||We don’t want a mosque in Tahiti|
|01:00||We don’t want a mosque|
|01:04||We don’t want veiled women in our country|
|01:08||We are a democratic country|
|01:12||We are as we are, we accept everyone except this.|
|01:16||It’s against our culture. I love to see our wahines dance|
|01:20||in a bareo (sari) and all that.|
|01:24||Don’t they have the right to pray? They do, but we have it good here.|
|01:28||When the cortege passes before|
|01:32||the Cathedral, Father Christophe prepares for a wedding.|
|01:36||The Catholic Church calls for prudence,|
|01:40||but also waits for a clear response from the authorities.|
|01:44||(Bishop) The Authorities must investigate|
|01:48||and must reassure us, tell us, “don’t be afraid…”|
|01:52||But this is not happening, because there are signs|
|01:56||this man has been sent… by whom?|
|02:00||Near 6000 signatures have been collected online to say NO just in time,|
|02:04||according to the petition. Manna from heaven for the local “Front National”.|
|02:08||We would like to know why this self-proclaimed Imam|
|02:12||is here, when he was banned in the US, for example.|
|02:16||Why are there so many Muslim soldiers in|
|02:20||Polynesia, when our Polynesian soldiers are fighting in|
|02:25||Mali, in Afghanistan? Around 4 pm the leaders of the collective|
|02:29||were received by the High Commissioner. For the moment nothing is known of the conversation.
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