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Austrian Muslims denounce government mosque clampdown

The Austrian government has decided to shut down seven mosques and expel Turkish-funded imams.

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The government is shutting down a Turkish mosque and dissolving a group, which runs six mosques [AFP]

Austria‘s main federation of Muslim residents (IGGiOe) has expressed concerns over Vienna’s announcement of shutting down seven mosques and expelling Turkish-funded imams.

Vienna wants to “discredit the religious community,” Ibrahim Olgun, president of IGGiOe group, said on Sunday.

The policy was not “appropriate to control political Islam” and “will lead ultimately to a weakening of structures within the Muslim community in Austria”, he added.

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