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As Part of Crackdown on Political Islam, Austrian Government to Close Mosques & Expel Several Imams

Austria will expel “several” imams financed by foreign capital and will close seven mosques as part of the crackdown on “political Islam,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said last Friday.

Kurz said the proceedings had been taken after an investigation by the religious affairs authority into footage published in April showing children of Turkish-backed mosques pretending to be dead and restoring the Battle of Gallipoli. during the World War One.

“Parallel societies, political Islam and radicalization have no place in our country,” Kurz said.

The photos, published by the weekly Falter, showed young boys in camouflage uniforms, saluting, waving Turkish flags and playing dead.

Their “corpses” were then lined up and wrapped in the flags.

The mosque in question was managed by the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations Organization (ATIB), based in Cologne, Germany, and a branch of the Diyanet Turkish Religious Affairs Agency.

The ATIB itself had condemned the photos at the time, describing the event as “very unfortunate” and declared it “canceled before the end”.

Credit: bbc

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