Austria could oust up to 60 Turkish-financed imams and their families as a major aspect of a crackdown on “political Islam”, Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said Friday.
Turkey’s presidential representative on Friday thrashed Austria’s choice as a “hostile to Islam” and ‘supremacist’ move. “Austria’s choice to shut down seven mosques and expel imams with a weak reason is an impression of the counter Islam, bigot and biased populist wave in this nation,” Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter after Vienna declared the move in a crackdown on “political Islam“.
The hover of individuals conceivably influenced by these measures – the pool that we’re discussing – contains around 60 imams,” said Kickl of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), the lesser accomplice in Austria’s coalition government.
Altogether 150 individuals gambled losing their entitlement to habitation, he said at a question and answer session in Vienna. Seven mosques will likewise be closed after an examination by the religious undertakings specialist into pictures which rose in April of youngsters in a Turkish-supported mosque playing dead and reenacting the World War I clash of Gallipoli.
“Parallel social orders, political Islam and radicalisation have no place in our nation,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the decision focus correct People’s Party said.
In a few cases the way toward ousting imams associated with the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations (ATIB) association was in progress, Kickl said.
The inside clergyman included that the administration associates them with repudiating a prohibition on outside financing of religious office holders. ATIB is a branch of Turkey’s religious issues organization Diyanet. The photographs of youngsters, distributed by the Falter week by week, demonstrated the young men in disguise regalia walking, saluting, waving Turkish banners and after that playing dead.
Their ‘bodies’ were then arranged and hung in the banners. The mosque being referred to was controlled by ATIB and is one of those that will be shut. ATIB itself denounced the photographs at the time, calling the “very lamentable” occasion and said that “canceled before it had even finished”.
Turkey’s relations with Austria have for quite some time been stressed, with Kurz approaching the European Union to sever arrangements on Ankara joining the alliance.
A week ago Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assaulted Kurz, saying, “This shameless chancellor has an issue with us. He’s tossing his weight around and making a scene.”