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Jun 08, 2018
7:53PM

Austria to expel up to 60 imams, shut 7 mosques

Austria today said it will expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and shut down some mosques as part of a crackdown on political Islam. 

Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said in Vienna that 150 people risk losing their right to residence and seven mosques will also be shut. 

The move comes after an investigation by the religious affairs authority into images which emerged in April of children in a Turkish-backed mosque playing dead and reenacting the World War I battle of Gallipoli. 

Turkish president's office called Austria's move racist and discriminatory.

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