Greece: Muslim prayer hall in Piraeus closes down on govt orders

A Muslim prayer hall in greater Athens closed up on Friday, after government orders that it vacate the premises. According to the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, the Al Andalus mosque in Piraeus lacked a proper licence to operate, despite persisting in its location since 1989. «This space was on the frontline against terrorism, hate, and savagery, but is being under attack by the state which ordered it to close,» said Naim Elghandour, president of the Muslim Association of Greece, who helped clear the space. Greece is home to a considerable minority of Muslims, many of whom live in Western Thrace region bordering Turkey.

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