The building of mosques and the status of Muslim communities in the debates of local elections in Catalonia

Attempts to build a large mosque in different Catalonian cities, including Barcelona, Cornella, Lleida and Badalona, have failed. The electoral process of 22-M, preceded by the ordinances against burka, have placed the issue of immigration and the construction of new mosques into the political debate. The party “Plataforma per Catalunya” (Platform for Catalonia) has based its program on xenophobic and Islamophobic discourse. Other political parties, as the right-wing “Partido Popular” (Popular Party) have used similar arguments, but in a more moderate way. The rest of the political forces have remained ambiguous about this issue.