Austria to close 7 mosques, expel foreign-funded imams in crackdown on political Islam

Mosque in Vienna – Photo Credits: Stefan Rotter /

Voice of Europe, June  8, 2018:

Austria’s government said on Friday, that the country plans to shut down 7 mosques and expel up to 60 imams, newspaper Kronen reports. 

Foreign-funded imams and mosques promoting political Islam are main targets of the measures. They will be mostly conducted against mosques and imams controlled by Turkey.

“The circle of people possibly affected by these measures – the pool that we’re talking about – comprises around 60 imams,” Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said.

A research into a mosque controlled by the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations (ATIB), showed earlier how young boys played soldiers and re-enacted the World War I battle of Gallipoli. As they died for their country, their “corpses” were then lined up and draped in Turkish flags.

Austria’s Chanchellor, Sebastian Kurz, vowed that “parallel societies, political Islam and radicalisation have no place in our country”.

Turkey called Austria’s decision an “racist move” which is anti-Islam. The presidential spokesman of the country, Ibrahim Kalin, said:

“Austria’s decision to close down seven mosques and deport imams with a lame excuse is a reflection of the anti-Islam, racist and discriminatory populist wave in this country.”

3 thoughts on “Austria to close 7 mosques, expel foreign-funded imams in crackdown on political Islam

  1. Islam is not a race. Why do they keep pulling the racist alarm? Does this reflect populism and anti-Islam sentiments? Yes. Why would any sane person champion the entity that is on a mission to obliterate you, your family and your culture?

  2. CONGRATULATIONS TO AUSTRALIA ON THE DECISION TO RID THE COUNTRY OF POLITICAL ISLAM ! Well done, I wish my Canada would at the least do the same. However I know that this will not happen so long as we have prime minister Trudeau in office, he loves Islam, Islamism and anything connected to Islam.

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