As Oz-Rita reported earlier today, elected officials in the Paris suburb of Clichy-la-Garenne caused a ruckus by staging a public protest against Muslim street prayers.
Below is another TV news clip about what happened. Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:00||[Singing French national anthem]|
|00:00||In Clichy about a hundred elected officials from the right and the center tried to prevent street prayers.|
|00:12||Answering the call of the mayor of Clichy they denounce the occupation of a car-free zone every Friday. [banner] Stop the illegal street prayers.|
|00:16||Singing: “Let’s march, Let’s march” [anthem]|
|00:20||Let’s march and let the impure blood…”
The Town Hall asserts they have supported the construction of a mosque by a Muslim association.
|00:24||the impure blood drench our soil” [anthem]|
|00:28||Those are people who have their prayer buildings, who saw it, we did what we did.|
|00:33||For 30 years there was no decent prayer location in Clichy. Before Muslims were praying|
|00:37||in basements or in parking garages, or in places that were not legally approved.|
|00:41||Today that’s not what happened. I did what was necessary now.|
|00:45||As for the faithful — they protest that the mosque is too far from downtown and not conveniently served by public transportation.|
|00:49||Peace Be Upon Him, dear believers.
They also reject the association that originated the project. [banner] All together for the great mosque of Clichy. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity… FOR ALL
|00:54||[chant] Secularism, secularism!|
|00:57||We want to have transparency, we want to have a decent place|
|01:01||like the Jews, like Christians, like everybody. I mean, we want a decent place. Why|
|01:06||do you think we like to pray every Friday here, with the police and the people|
|01:10||singing La Marseillaise over there all while we ourselves, we are French, it’s as if we weren’t|
|01:18||[chant] France is secular!…|
|01:22||France is secular!|
|01:27||Despite the efforts of the elected officials and a brawl, the prayer took place a little further on.