November 11, 2013
Alberto Fernandez, deputy of the Popular Party (PP) in Barcelona has asked the mayor Xavier Trias to close all Muslim centers that have no license.
Fernandez has also denounced a Pakistani cultural center located in the Poble Sec (Barcelona) as an illegal center.
Finally, he has asked the City Hall to ensure the legality of these centers, as well as to ensure that they respect the values of coexistence and democracy and that these centers “do not cause the formation of ghettos in some neighborhoods.”
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02 October 013
This Wednesday the Local Police of Mollet following a court order have evicted the local Muslim community from the property they were occupying for the last two months as a sign of protest.
The conflict between the Muslim community and the local government started when the first tried to buy a property in the center of town to use it as a Mosque even though they had been warn by the authorities that would not be allowed.
To aggravate the situation, the Partido Popular (Popular Party) councilors distributed yesterday leaflets against the mosque. The town mayor condemned this action that according to him only instigates even more the conflict between the parts.
05 June 2013
Popular Party (PP) of Tarragona does not want more mosques in the city and believes that “one is enough.” Its spokesman, Alejandro Fernández, said: “It is legitimate to say the freedom of worship is guaranteed, since there is already a mosque”. The PP wants Tarragona to become “a model of managed immigration”.
The PP of Tarragona also wants an analysis “of the situation of radical Salafism” in Tarragona to be done preventively.
15 August 2012
The possibility that a mosque will open its doors in an inhabited house in Portugalete has shaken the daily life of the local City Hall. The Mayor, the Socialist Mikel Torres, yesterday accused the Popular Party of “lying” and generate “social alarm” by reporting that “many residents will find themselves arriving from their holidays to see such a Mosque located under their homes. ”
Unlike Bilbao or Basauri, where government teams plan to ban Mosques in housing buildings, Torres does not believe this to be necessary. In his opinion, Portugalete lives a different situation. “Here we do not have 118 centers of worship coming from eight different religious denominations like in Bilbao.
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.
The right wing party (Partido Popular) and the Commission for Melilla (Comisión por Melilla) attempted to discredit the political adversary with several accusations days before the local and regional elections tooks place.
Popular Party members accused the Muslim leader of CoM, Mostafa Aberchán, for his religious fanaticism and for having a message of religious “rupture”. Afterwards Coalition for Melilla (CpM) accused PP to extend the idea of “fear of the Moor” and to propagate a message of confusion a few days before regional elections. After that a Luisa Al-lal a Muslim member of the Popular Party reported an attempt to buy their votes by Coalition for Melilla (CpM)
The nearly 24 mosques that currently exist in the Basque country are insufficient to meet the needs of a growing Muslim population. Adding to the well-known difficulty in getting the necessary permits to open new places of worship, the Muslim communities are now faced with being a peon at the onset of municipal election campaigns. The attempt of mediation by some neighbourhood associations so as to achieve consensus between City Council proposals, Muslim communities and angry neighbours has been unsuccessful, but it becomes even more difficult as the Popular Party takes any opportunity to accuse the current government of not providing the positive and necessary answers to neighbourhood associations (read Spanish and Catholic).
The future Zaramaga neighbourhood mosque in the city of Vitoria has become one of the hot spots of the campaign in that city. The Popular Party has amplified complaints by some neighbours that question the construction permit granted by the City Hall. Now, the Muslim community, which had been working on the project for months with no one expressing its rejection, has to face increasing hostility from some residents, who have even called for a public demonstration.
December 14, 2010
The Mayor of the city of Reus, Lluís Miquel Pérez (Catalonian Socialist Party /PSC) has issued a decree forbidding the use of the burka in municipal areas. The regulation of this outfit was debated in Reus last July, but Convergencia I Unio (CiU) and the Popular Party (PP) asked to ban its use everywhere and not only in municipal facilities as advocated PSC and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC). Lluis Miquel Pérez promised to study the issue and requested a legal report that concludes that the city hall can only ban the use of the burka in municipal areas an not in the streets according to the Spanish law.
Alicia Sánchez Camacho, the Popular Party’s Catalonian leader, said that she will submit a proposal to both the Catalonian Parliament and the Spanish Senate for the banning of the burqa and niqab in public spaces.