The Pakistani community renounces to construct their Mosque in Zaramaga

16 June 2012

The facade of the premises where the Pakistani community wanted to open a mosque in Gasteiz was flooded with xenophobic graffiti.
The Mosque that revived the specter of xenophobia in Gasteiz during the last election campaign and in the beginning of this electoral term, will not be installed on the Martin Olave street, in the neighborhood of Zaramaga. This was decided by the Pakistani community, on the basis of “social peace” with the neighboring area even knowing that reason and law would protect them. Eight months ago the promoters of the Mosque had signed an agreement with the cabinet of Javier Maroto agreeing to find a new location according to their needs, inside or outside the neighborhood. The construction license is therefore open and the Pakistani community is hoping to find a less controversial site for their Mosque.

Azkuna adverts that opening Praying Centers without a permit could damage the coexistence

08 May 2012
The mayor of Bilbao, Inaki Azkuna has adverted the Basque Government that the Law of the Praying Centers (allows religious groups under the number of 300 people to be able to edify their own Praying Center without the City Hall permission) will generate more security and integration problems. Also Javier Maroto, Vice-President of the Eudel (Basque City Halls Association) has affirmed that his organization will not keep quiet in front of a norm that will allow “mosques to be open like mushrooms”.