Muslims in Paris suburb: Give us prayer space or we might become radicalized

Muslims in Paris suburb: Give us prayer space or we might become radicalized
Muslims protest with massive pray-in in Rome. (Image: Screen grab of Reuters video via Breitbart)

[Ed. – ‘Splain me again why it’s the city’s problem to find these folks a place to pray?  Christians and Jews work it out for themselves, by paying for their own digs — often helping each other from afar.]

Hemmed in and closely watched by police, hundreds of Muslims unrolled rugs and prayed outdoors Friday in the busy streets of a Paris suburb to protest the closure of their prayer hall. …

Clichy Muslims had been using a prayer hall rented from City Hall. But the town’s mayor now wants to turn that space into a multimedia library for the town’s 60,000 residents.

City Hall refused to renew the three-year lease when it expired last June and, following a court battle, closed down the prayer hall last week with help from French police.

City Hall says Muslims can worship at a new Islamic cultural and prayer center, already used by hundreds of people, that the town inaugurated in May 2016. …

The building is a disused former office block that City Hall “turned into a mosque by throwing down a few rugs,” said Smail El-Baz, a spokesman for the group.

He warned that the closure of their prayer hall could drive worshippers underground and increase the risk of them becoming radicalized.

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