Turkey scorns “Anti-Islam” purge by Austria agencies

Jun 08, 2018, 7:46 AM EDT
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Austria has announced it will shut down seven mosques and expel foreign-funded imams as the authorities launch a crackdown on “political Islam, parallel societies and radicalization tendencies” that threaten the country’s security.

Austrian authorities have been working with a Muslim community body called IGGÖ to identify the mosques and imams that have links with Turkish nationalists and propagate a radical Islamist agenda, writes the BBC.

Austria’s move to strictly enforce a 2015 law that bars religious communities from receiving foreign funding has angered Turkey, which called the action a political gimmick pandering to Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory wave in the country, notes The Washington Post.