Germany: 1,500 anti-mosque protesters expected at Cologne demonstration

Adnkronos – Germany: 1,500 anti-mosque protesters expected at Cologne demo

At least 1,500 rightists from around Europe are expected to attend a protest next weekend over the start of building work on Cologne’s grand mosque, triggering fears of violent clashes, Germany’s news agency DPA reported…The far-right The Vlaams Belang party in neighbouring Belgium plans to send hundreds of supporters and Heinz-Christian Strache, head of the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria will also address the rally.

The city gave planning permission this month for the mosque, which will have a dome and two minarets. The right-wing Pro Cologne group rejects the house of worship for the city’s large Muslim community as alien, while trade unions have organised a peaceful mass counter-demonstration in support of the mosque.

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