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World A complaint lodged after a call to burn down the Béziers mosque

16:30  21 october  2020
16:30  21 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Une plainte a été déposée après la publication sur Facebook d’un message appelant à « cramer la mosquée » de Béziers (illustration). © EPA / MAXPPP A complaint was lodged after the publication on Facebook of a message calling for the Béziers mosque to be "burned down" (illustration).

The cultural association of French Muslims in Béziers (Hérault) filed a complaint after the publication of Facebook messages calling for the burning of a mosque in the city.

A complaint was lodged on Tuesday, October 20 by the cultural association of French Muslims of Béziers (ACFMB) after the publication on Facebook of a message calling to burn the mosque of this city of Hérault , a- we learned Wednesday from corroborating sources.

The association discovered on October 17, the day after the beheading of a teacher in the Paris suburbs, this message on a social network, said Béziers prosecutor Raphaël Balland in a statement. The call did not specify which of the city’s five mosques led by far-right mayor Robert Ménard would be targeted.

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Investigations are currently being carried out by the Béziers police station in an attempt to identify the author of this electronic message, continues the prosecutor.

“Unbearable amalgams”

We French are living through a difficult period, declared Abdallah Zekri, general delegate of the French Council for Muslim Worship in Béziers and president of the regional federation of the southwest of the Great Mosque of Paris.

We discovered hate calls on Facebook and I asked the manager of the Ar-Rahma Mosque (the main mosque in the city, Editor's note) to file a complaint immediately. We cannot tolerate these facts. There are amalgamations that are unbearable, he continued.

I am surprised to see that these messages are still circulating even though we immediately made a report on the Pharos platform, Abdallah Zekri was also indignant. We are able to say who is behind all this, he assured, stressing that the message was signed: These are well-known identity groups who are trying to create a climate of war in Béziers. It is unacceptable.

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We condemn in the strongest terms what happened to (Samuel) Paty. We are determined to fight against this kind of act ... We too are in mourning because the Republic, our Republic, has been attacked within it, concluded Abdallah Zekri, who is also president of the Observatory for the fight against Islamophobia.

One year in prison and 45,000 euros fine

The comments referred to in the complaint are likely to characterize the offense of public provocation by electronic means, hatred or violence against a person or a group of people because of their religion, punished by one year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros, or the offense of direct public provocation, by electronic means, and not followed up, to the commission of the offense of destruction or willful degradation dangerous for people, punishable by five years imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros, said the city prosecutor.

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