Tear Down This Mosque!

As reported here last week in the news feed, a mob of angry Muslims prevented police from shutting down an illegal mosque in Florence. Below are excerpts from a Breitbart article about the incident (hat tip Reader from Chicago):

A mob of Muslims in the Italian city of Florence blocked a local bailiff from repossessing an illegal mosque, with hundreds of people preventing police from entering.

A bailiff and local police attempted to take back a former garage in Piazza dei Ciompi being used as a mosque after the owner of the property refused to renew the contract with its operator due to money being owed.

On Friday morning, hundreds gathered in front of the mosque to stop police from entering the premises, as well as the local bailiff and legal representation for the property owner, the newspaper Il Giornale reports.

Florence imam Izzedin Elzir commented on the attempted eviction, saying: “We do not know if there will be a postponement of the eviction, we are here to pray. We will not leave until we find an alternative.”

“I thank those who do their part to guarantee the rights of all: part of this right is that of property and must be guaranteed, we are the first to say that we must give the space back,” he claimed.


Federico Bussolin, a local city councillor in Florence and member of the League, added: “The eviction of the illegal mosque must be done.”

Similar scenes have been seen elsewhere in Europe, such as in Franc in 2017 when Muslims in the city of Clichy took to the streets to protest a local government move to remove them from a building they had occupied and used as a mosque.

The following video shows remarks made by Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini about the illegal mosque. Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:00   If I had been occupying a store or an apartment illegally, for a year and a half,
00:05   law enforcement would have rightfully asked me to vacate
00:08   that store, that apartment or that building.
00:11   In any civilized country, whether Italian or foreign, it works that way.
00:15   Despite the garrisons, I guess it’s absolutely normal to expect compliance with the law,
00:21   as we expect from any religious denomination or professional practice. I know a meeting
00:28   will be held in a few hours. I will speak with the Minister of the Interior about this.
00:31   Our main purpose is not to create problems, but to solve them, without any controversy.
00:38   Apparently these people have known for many, many months
00:43   that they need to find a new legitimate accommodation.
00:48   So if they don’t do that, it means that, evidently, they want to dupe people.
00:52   So I expect the law to be enforced.
00:56   Wishing a merry Christmas to all, regardless of the god one believes in.
01:00   If a parish had been occupied illegally, we would have had the same stance.

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