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World Strasbourg: A man arrested for an anti-Muslim tag on the construction site of a mosque

20:55  23 february  2021
20:55  23 february  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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A 20-year-old man, suspected of having made an anti-Muslim tag on the fence of a mosque under construction in Strasbourg, a recognized the facts and will be summoned later to justice

Illustration d'agents de la police judiciaire. © C. Allain / 20 Minutes Illustration of agents of the judicial police. RACISM - A 20-year-old man, suspected of having made an anti-Muslim tag on the fence of a mosque under construction in Strasbourg, admitted the facts and will subsequently be summoned to court

The inscription "No to the 'Islam, ça va au bled', drawn in large black capital letters, was discovered on Monday on the fence of the construction site of the Grand Mosque Eyyub Sultan in Strasbourg. The suspect, a 20-year-old man, was taken into custody before being released on Tuesday, a police source told 20 Minutes, confirming information from DNA .

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Released, but with "a summons to appear in court on prior admission of guilt", this same source specifies. The suspect could belong to the far-right movement Identity Generation , threatened with dissolution, says the AFP.

"An expression of hatred and intolerance"

Called to become the largest mosque in Europe, the Grand Mosque Eyyub Sultan is built on the initiative of the Islamic Community of Millî Görüs (CIMG), a close organization from Turkey which manages hundreds of mosques in Europe. "Such acts are an expression of hatred and intolerance towards French people of Muslim faith or their places of worship and endanger living together", reacted Abdallah Zekri, general delegate of the French Council of Muslim worship (CFCM).

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Also president of the National Observatory for the fight against Islamophobia , he deplores "a climate in France concerning the values ​​of Islam or Islamo-leftism which favors such acts". "We ended the year 2020 with a record of 235 anti-Muslim acts declared in police stations and gendarmeries", recalled Abdallah Zekri, "providing all (his) support to religious leaders who have recently been victims of such acts" .

In a press release from the city of Strasbourg on Tuesday, the elected representatives of all the political groups represented on the municipal council condemned "unanimously and with the greatest firmness any Islamophobic or xenophobic act" and recalled that each "must be able to live his faith without discrimination ”and ensure their“ full support for the Muslim community in Strasbourg. »

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