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Protest Over Prayers

As I have said many times before, Athens is still the only European capital without a mosque.

Via the Athens News

Thousands of Muslim immigrants attended outdoor prayer services across Athens Tuesday to mark the festival of Eid-al-Adha, while police clashed with a small group of protesters from an extreme right group at one of the sites.The services at eight public squares and other areas in greater Athens occurred peacefully, but police cleared one square where Greek local residents and members of the far-right Chrysi Avgi – a group widely linked to a growing number violent attacks against immigrants. Police later briefly clashed with several dozen of its members. Protesters played loud music from a nearby apartment, threw eggs, and jeered at the immigrants throughout the hourlong service in the city’s Attiki Square. The incident occurred as tension grows in over illegal immigration in Greece, the busiest transit point for human trafficking in the European Union.

Read the full article at the Athens News

Please go and read Bollybutton’s personal  account of Eid al Adha and her feelings about the protests

1 Comment

  1. Mia
    November 17, 2010    

    The irony is that Athens has a mosque- although not open for prayer, since it’s considered an archeological monument.
    Unfortunately, Athens is not the only capital of Europe without a mosque. In Copenhagen there is not mosque either. Whenever discussion about building one brings controversy on many levels: Shia or Sunni (that is kind of logical)? Imam with local education or from abroad? Will it be a hub of terrorist wanna-be’s (that’s my personal “favorite”)?
    What locals fail to see I think, is that not having an official mosque doesn’t mean that muslims won’t gather in other places to worship, places where the state has little official control. And that could be more problematic.
    Happy Eid-al-Adha!