Italian Deputy PM and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, has come out in support of the Austrian government’s decision to shut down 7 mosques that are deemed to pose a risk to wider society, whilst also kicking out some imams.
The mosques are thought to have posed a radicalization risk and they were seen as promoting a parallel society.
Credo nella libertà di culto, non nell'estremismo religioso. Chi usa la propria fede per mettere a rischio la sicurezza di un Paese va allontanato!
Spero già la prossima settimana di incontrare collega ministro austriaco per confrontarci su linee d’azione. https://t.co/WmwpJeYJEe
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) June 8, 2018
Translated into English, Salvini’s comments read: “I believe in freedom of worship, not in religious extremism. Those who use their faith to put the security of a country at risk must be removed! I hope already next week to meet the Austrian Minister colleague to discuss the lines of action.”