Austria’s government is shutting down 7 mosques and expelling around 60 imams in a bid to remove political Islam and parallel societies in the country.
Sebastian Kurz said: “Parallel societies, political Islam and radicalisation have no place in our country.”
It comes after shocking images emerged of scores of children dressed up in military uniform reenacting the battle of Gallipoli.
A a mosque in Germany did the same, in worrying scenes.
“What happened there…has no place in Austria. The government will show zero tolerance,” Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said.
He made clear that “the circle of people who could be affected by these measures includes about 60 imams.”
Parallel societies simply can’t exist. They breed social disharmony, division and, potentially, extremism.