Pisa residents protest at plans for mosque near Leaning Tower

A proposal to construct a mosque near Jacc Blog  the Leaning Tower of Pisa has been met with opposition and claims that it may become a centre of radicalisation.

The local council has provisionally accepted plans for a €4.5m (£3.8m) mosque 400 metres from the tourist attraction, that’s visited by more than 1 million human beings each year.The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Loads of citizens took element in a protest ultimate weekend organised through the no mosque marketing campaign and organisers say they have accrued extra than 2,000 signatures on a petition calling for a referendum on the problem.

The rightwing Forza Italia birthday celebration, that’s main the marketing campaign, has claimed that a majority of the city’s ninety,000 people oppose the mosque.

Gianluca Gambini, a nearby Forza Italia politician, instructed the Daily Telegraph: “It’s not just that it’d be constructed inside the wrong region, just 400 metres from the Leaning Tower, but additionally because people know that mosques are places in which there may be a chance of radicalisation.”

Daniela Santanche, a Forza Italia MP who joined the protest, said: “Today we’re at war, whether or not you want it or not, and we need to fight it with anything we’ve got. Mosques should be closed, no longer opened, due to the fact they’re now not locations of worship, however locations that pontificate hatred.”

The mayor of Pisa, Marco Filippeschi, stated any flow to dam creation of the mosque might contravene freedom of worship, which is enshrined inside the Italian constitution.

“For 20 years, Muslims from Pisa had been coming together in a small mosque in the centre of city and no one has ever protested,” he stated. “no longer one cent may be spent by the council management to construct the mosque.”


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Pisa’s Muslim population has been accelerated via latest migration from north Africa and Bangladesh.

Izzedin Elzir, the president of the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy, said a referendum at the mosque could be unconstitutional and threaten Muslims’ non secular freedom.

“Our rights must be included. This marketing campaign is primarily based on prejudice and competition generated by way of politicians who need to win votes by exploiting worry after the recent attacks in France, Belgium and Germany. They want to take responsibility for fanning the flames of prejudice and growing panic,” he instructed the Religion News Provider.

creation of the fifty seven-metre (187ft) Leaning Tower of Pisa began in 1173 and took approximately 200 years to finish. The tower started sinking quickly after production commenced. Healing work completed between 1990 and 2001 corrected the angle of tilt from five.5 levels to three.ninety nine degrees.