France: Muslims gather in Clichy to peacefully protest against street prayer ban

Hundreds of Muslims worshippers took to the streets of Clichy, a commune in the northwest of Paris, Friday, to peacefully voice their opposition to the ban on street prayers in the French suburb. The Vice-President of the Union of Muslim Associations of Clichy (UAMC), Heyoun Rabba, said that the best way to avoid street prayers is «to have land to build a mosque» for the worshippers. On... Еще November 10, some 100 French lawmakers attempted to disrupt the street prayer of 200 Muslims, deeming the practice «an acceptable use of public space,» and called for the government to implement a ban on it. The Prefect of the Hauts-de-Seine, Pierre Soubelet, established the ban following a mediation meeting held on Thursday. The Union of Muslim Associations of Clichy (UAMC) vowed not to hold street prayers on Friday, but requested negotiations on the matter in order to solve the issue. «It is the choice of the Prefect. Reason prevailed, today it is forbidden,» explained Patrice Pinard, the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety.

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