Zurich recommends ban on 'radicalized' Koran distribution campaign

By REUTERS
May 5, 2017 18:55
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ZURICH, May 5- Zurich's public safety office on Friday recommended towns in Switzerland's most populous canton ban a campaign that hands out Korans in public spaces, describing it as a front for incitement of radical activities including jihadist involvement.

The recommendation clashed with an assessment by federal intelligence services published three days before which concluded a ban on the campaign's Koran distribution would lead to a "strong conflict with the exercise of religious freedom."

Zurich's security department urged communities not to provide a public platform for the Islamic "READ!" campaign, which it said had ties to Jihadists in Switzerland and had a number of members being prosecuted by the attorney general.

"The community is not obliged to allow public space as a platform for spreading views that are irreconcilable with our society's basic and fundamental values," Zurich's Security Department wrote, citing a legal opinion it had sought.

"Such actions may thus be prohibited within the current legal framework."

The READ campaign could not be reached for comment.

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