Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Four mosques suspected of radicalizing closed on 2 November –

A mosque (illustration)

Four mosques in the paris region, suspected of promoting radical islamism, have been closed this Wednesday, November 2, by the authorities. Their closure has been decided on “the basis of the provisions of article 8 of the law on the state of emergency that would allow the closure of places of worship within which there are required statements constituting an incitement to hatred or violence, or a provocation to the commission of acts of terrorism, or the advocacy of such acts,” said a press release of the ministry of the Interior.

On 12 October, Bernard Cazeneuve, announced thata score of mosques and prayer rooms alleged to have become radicalized had been shut down since the inception of the state of emergency, introduced after the attacks jihadists in the 13 November in Paris and Saint-Denis, which were 130 dead. The closures to be decided this Wednesday, November 2, apply to places of worship located in the departmen ts of Yvelines, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne, and “take effect immediately”.

“call discrimination and hatred”

masjid Al-Islah of Villiers-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne) is a part of four places of worship concerned. A koranic school underground had been discovered in late August during a search, according to a source close to the folder. This school was known to the intelligence services to have been attended by twelve individuals who were convicted in April for their alleged involvement in a sector-jihadist to go to Syria. In the Yvelines, it is the prayer hall of Ecquevilly has been closed. It is “a place of reference influence of the salafist movement, advocating an islam that is rigorous, calling for the discrimination and hatred, and even violence”, according to the decree of the prefect of the Yvelines department.

In Seine-Saint-Denis, it is the masjid Al Rawda, to Stains, anda place of worship christened Masjid Al Fath, in Clichy-sous-Bois, according to the prefecture. The mosque of Stains, which welcomed between 500 and 600 people for the Friday prayer, “counts among its faithful elders of very many individuals jihadist”, is it written in the decree. Some of which are suspected “of being the instigators of an attempted terrorist attack on the French territory”, he added.

As for the mosque of Clichy-sous-Bois, the authorities consider that it “continues to be populated by very many individuals in connection with the jihad“. “Under the guise of cultural aim,” the four locations closed Wednesday, “were meetings that, in reality, to promote a radical ideology contrary to the values of the Republic and likely to constitute a serious risk of harm to security and public order”, said the ministry of the Interior.

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