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Muslim prayer rugs removed in Turin by right-wing officials, sparking anger

Two right-wing Italian councilmen sparked outrage when they removed prayer rugs

 

Two right-wing Italian councilmen sparked outrage when they removed prayer rugs from Turin city hall ahead of a Muslim conference, according to reports.

The councilmen, Roberto Carbonero and FabrizioRicca, members of the anti-immigrant party Northern League, or Lega Nord, were criticized by local leaders in the Italian government who feared the influence of a growing far-right, xenophobic movement countrywide and across Europe, the Local reported.

The incident in Turin was not the first time where a Northern League politician has acted against Muslims in an explicit way. Following the June terror attacks on British beachgoers in Tunisia, the Northern League mayor of Lombardy called for mosques in the region to be shut down. 

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