Rabat – In one of the latest reports of Islamophobic, xenophobic and racist attacks against Muslims and Muslim community centers in Austria, a mosque in Vienna was defaced on Christmas Day when vandals with attached a pig’s head and entrails to it. The act of vandalism reflects a growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the European country.On Thursday, December 25, the head of a pig, along with pork tripe, were hung on the door of Kocatepe Mosque belonging to the Turkish-Islamic Union in Austria. The act of vandalism was described as “unacceptable” by a local imam, according to The Local Austria. The attack was reported to the police by the mosque’s community, the same source added.Muslims are forbidden from eating pork or touching pig carcasses, as they are considered unclean in Islam.Condemning the barbaric affront to Muslim sensibilities, the head of the Turkish-Islamist Union in Vienna (ATIB), Fatih Karada? stated “this attack was not only against Muslims, but an attack against the whole humanity. We will keep our calm stance as Muslims.”This year, there have been several other similar hate crimes targeting the Muslim community in Austria which includes about half a million Muslims or nearly 6 percent of the European country’s 8 million population.Earlier in the year during Eid, five pigs heads were dropped into the construction site of Eyüp Sultan Religious Vocational High School (Imam Hatip Lisesi) in Vienna.Edited by Elisabeth Myers.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Earlier today the Maldivian Democratic Party, in a statement, said it was deeply disturbed and worried by the court warrant issued to arrest the Party’s Presidential Candidate and the Maldives’ first democratically elected President, Mohamed Nasheed, and produce him to a widely disputed court. Maldivian opposition leader and former President Mohamed Nasheed was arrested on Monday following a court order.The Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) said that Nasheed was arrested and taken away by the police while he was taking part in a political rally on an island. “He was arrested today right n front of our eyes,” MDP activist Shauna Aminath told the Colombo Gazette. The court order was issued by the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court on 7 October, Sunday, while Nasheed had appealed the legality of the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court with the High Court on Sunday and the appeal process has not yet been exhausted.“We are currently on presidential campaign trail by boats in the Southern atolls. This trip has been organized for months and immediately after the dates of the trip were announced, the courts decided to summon our candidate to a court that is unlawfully established. Leading experts and lawyers have questioned the legitimacy of this court” MDP spokesperson for international affairs Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said. Report by Easwaran Rutnam