Dhaka – Thousands of Muslims demonstrate outside the iconic Colosseum in Rome after small mosques are shut down by the authorities to avoid youngsters becoming radicalized
Dhaka- Thousands of Muslims gathered outside Rome’s Colosseum to protest the closure of mosques and other places of worship in the Italian capital.
The group gathered outside the iconic ancient Roman building to pray as they promoted their right of freedom to worship during the peaceful march yesterday.
An imam led the group in chants of ‘Allah Akbar’ which means ‘God is great,’ as they kneeled to the ground facing the Colosseum, reports Mail Online.
The Muslim community of Rome gathered by the Colosseum to pray and demonstrate against the alleged shutting down by police of unofficial places of worship in the city
Men held up signs reading in Italian ‘To close a place of worship is against faith’ during the demonstration (pictured)
The protest was organized by a Bangladeshi group, Dhuumcatu, which has complained that smaller or more informal mosques in Rome have been branded illegal by authorities for building violations.
At least 1.6 million Muslims live in the country but there are only a handful of mosques officially registered with the Italian government.
Most worship takes place in houses and Islamic cultural centres. – UNB