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 radicalisation 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.”
Governments should not be afraid to stand up and take strong action to protect people from becoming radicalised and to root out those bad elements in society.