October 19, 2013
In Catalonia, mosques continue to be pushed further away from the city centers and placed into industrial spaces.
From the 200 existing mosques in Catalonia, between 15 and 20 of them are located at industrial spaces, according to sociologist expert Jordi Moreras. Moreover, an investigation by the Mossos d’ Esquadra (local police) warned about the radical expansion of Salafism in these small mosques. Of the five places of worship which cultivate salafism, four of them are located in industrial spaces: Tarragona, Reus, Roda de Bara, and Torredembarra.
El Pais: http://ccaa.elpais.com/ccaa/2013/10/19/catalunya/1382203257_281728.html
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.
12 April 2013
The National Court judge Santiago Pedraz has released with charges the Moroccan citizen living in Ulldecona (Tarragona) who used his social network page on Facebook to spread links of videos that encouraged jihad and terrorist attacks.
As reported by legal sources, Ridouan Ben Omar, 23, will deliver the passport, will be prohibited from leaving Spain and will appear weekly at the offcial instances. He is accused of breaching Article 579 of the Penal Code, that considers as a delit “the distribution or dissemination by any means of messages or slogans designed to cause, encourage or facilitate the execution” of acts of terrorism.
The research, led by the Central Court of Instruction No. 1 of the National Court, began in the summer of 2011 following the publication on his Facebook profile of praising messages about prominent jihadi leaders like Ahmed Yassin, Hamas, or the deceased Osama Bin Laden.
10 January 2013
Tarragona City Council will make a priority to transfer the new centers of worship into the outskirts of the city. This was confirmed by Councilman of Urbanisme Carles Castillo who argued that the will of the local executive is “to not disturb the neighbors.” Therefore, he said the first option is that future religious premises will be located in the industrial areas, “although it will leave the door open for the implantation of these centers in the urban areas as long as they fullfil the soundproofing measures.”Over recent months, the Municipal Police closed several places of worship in the city.
Catalonia is the region with more mosques in Spain, according to the Observatory of Religious Pluralism in Spain, under the Ministry of Justice. The Principality has 242 mosques in comparison with other communities like Andalucia (180) or Madrid (106). Overall, there are 1,200 mosques officially registered in Spain.
Of the 242 Muslim places of worship in Catalonia: 146 are in the province of Barcelona, 40 in the province of Girona, 28 in Lleida and 28 in Tarragona. Barcelona is the city with the more Mosques (24), but other smaller municipalities of the province also have more than one: Santa Coloma de Gramenet (8), Terrassa (7), Sabadell (5), Badalona (4) and Martorell (4).
*The news here present were already mentioned in July of 2012 but they surfaced again in the lst week of December; here there are images of the Mosques concentration in the region:
*In the link bellow there is a list of the existent Mosques in the region:
November 2, 2010
The imam of Cunit (Tarragona) has been condemned to one year imprisonment for harassing Fatima G, an intercultural mediator that works for the local government. During the trial it was discovered that the reasons that moved the threats were more economic than religious. According to police sources, in the mosque had been a business related with the regularization of papers to immigrants from Morocco. This business waned with the intervention of the intercultural mediator, who performed the same service for free from the city council.
The trial against a Muslim imam, his wife, and his daughter in Cunit (in the province of Tarragona) has begun. Fatima Ghailan, a cultural mediator in the town, sued the imam and his family. Ghailan accused them of harassment, threats, libel, and slander.
The banning of the burqa and niqab in Lleida (Catalonia) has led to similar initiatives in other Catalonian towns. In El Vendrell and in Reus (both in the province of Tarragona), the Catalonian nationalist party Convergència I Unió (CIU) has called for the banning of the burqa and the niqab, following the steps taken by Lleida.
In Tarragona, which the Socialist Party governs, the Popular Party has said that it will also promote a similar initiative.
In Tárrega and Cervera (both in the province of Lleida), similar initiatives have arisen.
Mohamed B, the imam of the city of Cunit, Tarragona, is accused of harassing Fatima G. and trying to convince her to leave her job as an intercultural mediator. Fatima G was born in Morocco and currently works as an intercultural mediator for the local government of Cunit. She declared that the imam and his family are promoting a movement against her person within the Muslim community because she doesn’t wear a hijab. Fatima also accused the Mayor of the village of allowing the persecution she is allegedly suffering to continue.
The public is greatly divided on the issue and there are many contradictory reports in the media. Some reports link the incident with the Salafi presence in Tarragona while others tie the case to the imam’s personal economical interests instead of religious issues.
The whereabouts of a woman alleged to have been kidnapped and condemned to death for adultery in a shari’a court in Tarragona are unknown. She didn’t make an appearance at court, and now the judge has advised the Morocco government that she is missing and her presence is required by the Spanish justice system.
The lawyer for the 10 accused of her kidnapping argues that this disappearance is a sign of their innocence.